1 person killed in head-on crash Saturday night


One person was killed in a head-on crash in Rochester Saturday night.

The State Patrol's incident report says a Toyota Tundra was traveling eastbound on Highway 14 around 9:30 p.m. when it collided head-on with a sedan traveling westbound on the highway.

Three people were involved in the fatal collision, but few other details have been released in the report. The State Patrol expects to release the identities of those involved in the crash on Monday.

Acting Battalion Chief Rod Steggerda of the Rochester Fire Department told ABC 6 two people had to be extricated from the sedan, while the driver of the Toyota – who sustained minor injuries – got out on their own.

The Star Tribune says a 20-year-old driver from Rochester was killed in the crash. His 58-year-old passenger is in serious condition at the hospital.

Steggerda told ABC 6 both vehicles "sustained heavy damage," noting the Toyota rolled onto its roof. The highway was closed while officials investigated the crash, KTTC says.

This was the second fatal crash on Minnesota roads Saturday. The State Patrol's report shows 26-year-old Nicholas Rickard of Isanti was killed in a broadside crash just before 3 a.m.

The report says Rickard's Honda Civic was disabled in the lanes of traffic on Interstate 35 in Pine County when it was hit by a Toyota Sienna van. The road was icy at the time.

He wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, the report notes.

Minnesota's Toward Zero Deaths website shows there have been 26 traffic fatalities in Minnesota so far this year (that figure doesn't seem to include the two recent fatalities). At this time last year, there were seven fatal road incidents in the state.

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