Skip to main content

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in central Minnesota. 

It happened just after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 371 in Cass County — with snow and ice reportedly affecting road conditions — when the driver of a Chevy Silverado traveling north on Hwy. 371 crossed over the center line and collided with an oncoming Ford Escape. 

An older couple from Backus was in the Ford. The passenger, 83-year-old Susan A. Bye-Elyea, died at the scene. The driver, 86-year-old Leo D. Elyea, was taken to North Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

The driver and passenger in the Silverado — a 56-year-old man from St. Cloud and 26-year-old from Foley — were taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The crash happened near Haddix Circle NW, which is just north of Hwy. 87 in Backus. 

Preliminary data from state's traffic safety division shows 67 deaths on Minnesota roads so far this year, which is a decrease from 84 at the same point in 2021. 

Next Up

police lights

Man arrested after abduction attempt in Bemidji

The incident occurred in Cameron Park on June 25.

betty danger's

Betty Danger's in NE Minneapolis for sale for $4.2 million

The asking price includes the restaurant's ferris wheel, as well as a nearby single-family home.

monkeypox

Minnesota health officials warn monkeypox cases could grow rapidly

The state has so far confirmed only six cases of monkeypox virus.

291734046_502006195017388_4346404407323115820_n

Bodies of woman, three young children recovered from Vadnais Lake

Authorities say the bodies recovered were those of two boys, one girl and their mother.

Pixabay laptop keyboard phone dark

Charges: Duluth man had hundreds of child porn images, videos

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found nearly 330 images on the man's electronic devices.

hennepin county sheriff water patrol lake minnetonka

Scuba diver found dead in Lake Minnetonka identified as 20-year-old

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office said 20-year-old Brady Alan Aune, from Elko New Market, died of freshwater drowning on June 3.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 11.18.35 AM

Felony charges filed after authorities search 'Peacebunny Cottage'

The president of the rabbit rescue non-profit faces multiple animal cruelty charges after over 40 rabbits were found dead inside the organization's barn.

monkeypox virus

Minnesota up to 6 confirmed cases of monkeypox virus

Most people recover at home within 2-4 weeks.

thc edibles

Did Minnesota just accidentally legalize THC?

A Republican lawmaker who voted to approve the new law in May is already talking about rolling it back.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 3.19.42 PM

Gasoline may be cause of sewer explosion on U of M campus

An all-clear was given around 9 p.m. Thursday, with residents in the area allowed to return to their homes.

image

Overwhelming demand for THC products on first day of new law in MN

One shop owner said his Chaska store broke the online sales record before they opened Friday morning.

Related

icy roads, bad roads

Backus couple killed in crash on icy Minnesota highway

Preliminary data from the state shows there have been 71 deaths on Minnesota roads this year, which is down from 91 at the same point in 2021.

ambulance

Trucker dies after crashing into jackknifed semi trailer on I-35

The crash happened on an icy stretch of I-35 in southern Minnesota.

ambulance

2 killed in separate crashes on MN highways over the weekend

The crashes occurred in Winona and Swift counties Saturday.

ambulance

3 kids injured, one critical, in Columbia Heights crash

A 7-year-old boy was hospitalized after suffering life-threatening injuries.

ambulance

1 dead, 1 critical after Highway 7 crash in Carver County

A man was killed and a woman was critically injured in the crash.

ambulance

Driver dead, passenger critical after overnight crash in rural MN

The crash happened around 2:50 a.m. Sunday, June 19.

ambulance

State Patrol: Driver ran stop sign in deadly western MN crash

The deadly crash happened around 5:10 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.