MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – One person is dead after a crash on a west metro highway known to have a dangerous past.

(credit: Hennepin County)

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It happened Friday afternoon on Highway 12 between Valley Road and Railroad Avenue in Independence.

Troopers say a westbound car crossed over the center lane and crashed head on with an eastbound semi.

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In 2016, the Minnesota Department of Transportation closed a five-mile stretch on a different part of the highway to make safety improvements.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported 24 deaths within six years between Wayzata all the way to Wright County.

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MnDOT is scheduled to begin making safety improvements to this part of the road in 2021.