The Minnesota State Patrol has identified one of the drivers in a fatal wrong-way crash from over the weekend.
Lora Jean Walker, 47, was behind the wheel of a Chevy Equinox that was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Rush City at 3:20 p.m. Saturday when it crashed head-on with a Ford Fusion traveling south, according to the State Patrol's report. The other driver was killed in the crash.
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Police are investigating a wrong-way crash in east-central Minnesota Saturday that left a driver dead.
The Minnesota State Patrol says a Chevy Equinox was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Rush City at 3:20 p.m. Saturday when it crashed head-on with a Ford Fusion traveling south.
Pictures shared on social media show the charred wreck of the Ford Fusion, with state troopers saying it caught fire shortly after impact.
The driver of the Fusion was killed in the crash. Their details have not yet been released.
The driver of the Equinox, a 47-year-old woman from Stacy, Minnesota, suffered non-life threatening injuries. She was taken to Regions Hospital for treatment.
The crash prompted the closure of the southbound interstate for almost six hours, with the Star Tribune reporting some cars were stuck in a line for more than an hour until they were re-routed.
Police have launched an investigation into the crash.
It wasn't the only wrong-way incident on I-35 on Saturday.
The Carlton County Sheriff's Office said deputies chased a driver who was driving the wrong way in the northbound lane of I-35 while going south around 2:45 a.m.
He was eventually stopped when chasing officers crossed into the northbound lanes and deployed pursuit intervention tactics to stop the car. A 29 year old from Superior, Wisconsin, was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop and DWI.
According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety's website, there have been 54 traffic fatalities this year. At this time last year, there had been 60 deaths on Minnesota roads.