A 61-year-old Alexandria woman was killed in a two-vehicle, head-on crash on Highway 29 south of Alexandria Wednesday, Aug. 14.
She has been identified as Betty Ann Bengtson.
Here's how the crash happened, according to the State Patrol:
James Whalen, 59, of Castle Rock, Colorado was driving a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on Highway 29 near Hiebel Road about two miles south of the Interstate 94 interchange and Bengtson was driving south in a 2015 Dodge Caravan.
The Grand Cherokee crossed the center line, striking the Caravan and causing both vehicles to roll, the State Patrol said. The Caravan came to a rest on its wheels in the west ditch and the Grand Cherokee came to a rest on its roof on the highway.
Bengtson died at the scene. Her 60-year-old passenger, Debra Lee Bengtson, also from Alexandria, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Alomere Health, according to the State Patrol. Both were wearing their seat belts.
Whalen, who was also wearing a seat belt, was taken by North Ambulance to Alomere Health with non-life-threatening injuries.
The two-vehicle crash happened at about 3:40 p.m. northwest of Forada.
A section of Highway 29 was closed while emergency responders tended to the victims and the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported the highway was re-opened by 6:30 p.m.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the State Patrol, along with fire and rescue crews and North Ambulance, responded to the scene.