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24-Year-Old Woman Dies in Crash on Hwy 13 near Fort Snelling

The collision took place Friday morning near the intersection of Hwy. 13 and Interstate 494, on the border of Mendota Heights. The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the victim of Friday morning's fatal crash as Taya N. Clifford, of Eagan.

 

A 24-year-old Eagan woman was killed and another person injured in a fatal, two-car collision near Fort Snelling that took place just before 8 a.m. Friday, Minnesota State Patrol investigators say.

Taya N. Clifford, of Eagan, was driving a 2007 Mazda passenger car on Hwy. 13 when her vehicle was struck by a Dodge Caravan driven by 53-year-old Michael A. Klasen of St. Paul, according to the state patrol. The Pioneer Press reports that Clifford lost control of her vehicle, which spun into oncoming traffic and was broadsided by Klasen's van.

Police say Klasen was transported to Regions Hospital with minor injuries.  The accident took place near the intersection of Hwy. 13 and Interstate 494.

Significant snowfall snarled traffic and created dangerous traveling conditions for many Twin Cities commuters Friday morning. However, it is not yet known if the weather contributed to the Eagan crash.

Have photos or video of the accident scene? Email them to David Henke at david.henke@patch.com.

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