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Another driver killed on notorious stretch of Highway 12


There has been another fatal crash on a notorious stretch of road in the western Twin Cities suburbs, with icy conditions a factor in the incident.

West Hennepin Public Safety closed Highway 12 at Hennepin County Road 92 near Independence, Minnesota, for around three hours after two vehicles collided just after 8 a.m.

The Star Tribune reports a Ford Fusion driver heading westbound on the highway lost control in icy conditions and slid across the centerline into oncoming traffic, where it was t-boned by an eastbound Cadillac Deville.

The driver of the Fusion, details of whom have not yet been released, was pronounced dead, while the Cadillac driver suffered "moderate" injuries.

A 38-mile stretch of Highway 12 running from Wayzata through Wright County has the highest fatal crash rate in the Twin Cities for a two-lane highway.

Sixteen people lost their lives in a dozen accidents between 2010 and 2014. Three more people were killed in collisions this past August, while another person died last month as the result of a drunken driver.

In total, there have been 811 accidents in the past five years on the stretch of road, with public safety officials launching a campaign in November challenging motorists to go 12 months without a fatal crash.

Conditions were difficult overnight, with two people killed in separate crashes in Fridley and Elko on Sunday evening due to slippery conditions. KARE 11 reports Highway 12 was described as icy at the time of the crash.

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