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One dead after three-car crash on Hwy. 12

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One person died in a crash involving three cars on Hwy. 12 west of Wayzata early Saturday morning.

The State Patrol reported that at about 2:15 a.m. at Old Crystal Bay Road, a Honda Civic and a Ford Fusion were both traveling east on Hwy. 12 when the Ford Fusion rear ended the Honda Civic. The Ford spun out of control and stopped in the westbound lane when it was struck by a Chevy Cruz.

The driver of the Ford Fusion, whose name has yet to be released, was the one who died.

The other two drivers, 25-year-old Melissa Waters of North St. Paul and 52-year-old Raymond Casey of Annandale, were not hurt.

The Ford Fusion and Chevy Cruz were both listed as totaled.

Hwy. 12, notoriously deadly

After years of being one of the highest fatal crash sites, officials had the goal of making Highway 12 fatality-free for a year.

The goal was a dramatic reversal of Highway 12’s current record; from 2010 to 2014, 16 lives were lost in a dozen accidents. In August of 2015, a head-on collision killed three more people, a release from the Highway 12 Safety Coalition said.

In all, there were 811 accidents over the past five years, the release indicates.

Two months in, there had already been a fatality on Highway 12, and since then lawmakers have asked for $15 million in safety improvements along that stretch of highway.

A driver on April 1 made the dangerous road even worse when drinking and driving, but was apprehended before causing damage to himself or others.

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