MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities say a 77-year-old woman is dead after a crash southeast of the Twin Cities metro Saturday afternoon.

The Minnesota State Patrol responded at about 12:39 p.m., along with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, to southbound Highway 52 at Hampton, which is south west of Hastings.

Authorities said a a Subaru Forester was driving the wrong way in the southbound lanes of 52. A Ford Escape in the southbound lanes tried to avoid the Forester, but the two vehicles collided.

The driver of the Forester, 77-year-old Fern Elaine Marty, was killed in the crash, according to State Patrol. The driver of the Escape, 45-year-old John Sparby, was transported to Regions Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. His passenger, 32-year-old Jocelyn Sparby, was uninjured.

Traffic was being rerouted from southbound Highway 52 onto Northfield Boulevard, then Hampton Boulevard and back onto Highway 52. Highway 52 reopened around 4 p.m.

The victim has not been identified, and what led up to the crash is under investigation.


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