A head-on crash on Hwy. 61 near Reads Landing shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday killed at least one person, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
A driver in a Ford F-150 was southbound on the highway when it and a Peterbilt collided in the highway, according to the Patrol. The Patrol said Wednesday night there was just a driver in each vehicle and did not specify injuries, but described the crash as fatal. The Patrol said it will release the names of the drivers Thursday morning.
Traffic was briefly detoured along Wabasha County Road 10 to County Road 4 for northbound and reverse for southbound traffic.
The Patrol was busy on roads across southeast Minnesota as traffic began to ramp up in anticipation of the long Memorial Day weekend. It also responded Wednesday to a two-vehicle crash in Steele County, where two people suffered non life-threatening injuries after one vehicle rear-ended another while they both attempted to exit Hwy. 14 onto Hwy. 218 after 4 p.m.
In a separate incident also in the southeast Minnesota district, the Patrol responded to a crash in Olmsted County where a Chatfield driver, Carmen Fingerson, 73, suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. She was waiting to turn from a northbound lane when she was struck by a northbound vehicle near milepost 38, also shortly after 4 p.m.