Delano Teen Killed in Collision With Semi on Hwy 12

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(Learfield News Service/Independence, MN) — A teenage girl from Delano is the victim in a deadly crash involving a car and semi on Highway 12 in Independence.

The West Hennepin Public Safety Department says a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Marleena Dieterich lost control on the icy road, crossed the center line and collided with the truck. Dieterich died at the scene Saturday.

The 50-year-old Princeton man driving the rig told police he tried to swerve but was unable to avoid the collision.

There have been a number of fatalities on this stretch of Highway 12 which is a MnDOT crash reduction area. Safety upgrades are planned in the next two years including concrete barriers and a roundabout.

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