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Woman killed in central MN crash just days before her husband's funeral

Barbara and John Blood were married in 1966.

Barbara Jo Blood, 70, was mourning her late husband, whose funeral was coming up in a few days.

John Allen Blood had passed at the age of 73 on March 15, according to his obituary in the Brainerd Dispatch, and a service was scheduled for Saturday.

But on Wednesday, the family was dealt another tragic blow.

Barbara Jo Blood was involved in a head-on crash that morning, just east of Crosby, Minnesota, where the two had resided. She was pronounced dead on the scene, just days before her husband's planned funeral.

They'd been married 52 years, having wed on Aug. 13, 1966, in nearby Ironton, his obituary says. It notes he is survived by a son and a daughter, as well as 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Due to Barbara Blood's death, the planned March 23 funeral services have been postponed, according to Koop Funeral Home.

Barbara Blood was driving a 2009 Chrysler 300 and was struck head-on by a 2006 Chevy Malibu that crossed over the center line on Hwy. 6 near Serpent Lake, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver of the Malibu, a 54-year-old man from Crosby, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

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