CLAREMONT, Minn. – Two people were killed in a semi/car collision on Highway 14 in Dodge County.
It happened just after 6 p.m. on Wednesday between 120th and 150th Avenue near Claremont. A westbound semi hauling fertilizer product crashed with an eastbound car. Authorities say the car caught on fire and was being consumed by flames when emergency crews arrived on the scene.
Two people in the car, a man and woman, were killed in the impact. The semi driver was taken to St. Marys Hospital with what are described as non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of that semi has been identified as 75-year-old Merritt Lyle Davis of Cleveland, MN.
The names of the victims have not been released but they've been identified as a 57-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman both from New Richland.
Authorities say they are investigating what caused the collision and why the car caught on fire.
The crash occurred near where a fatal crash happened in 2018. In that crash, Rachel Marie Harberts of Dodge Center was stopped and waiting to turn left when a Hummer driven by Tanner Kruckeberg hit her from behind. Harberts’ 8-year-old daughter Emerson was killed in the collision and Harberts herself later died from her injuries.
Distracted driving was ruled as the cause of that crash.
The highway where the fatal crashes happened is set to go under a multi-million dollar renovation. Groundbreaking took place in October for the $108M highway upgrade between Owatonna and Dodge Center in southern Minnesota.