MARION, Minn. (KTTC) -- A violent head-on crash on U.S. 52 south of Rochester on Wednesday has claimed the life of a Chatfield woman.
Evelyn Yvonne Fisher, 76, was riding in a minivan driven by her husband William A. Fisher, 80, with two teenagers in the back seat. The Chatfield family's Dodge Caravan was traveling northbound but as Fisher turned left into the BP Gas Station in the community of Marion it was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe heading southbound on the two-lane highway.
The Minnesota State Patrol says four others were hurt in the collision at the intersection of Highway 52 South and 54th Street Southeast at about 11:55 a.m. Wednesday.
William and Evelyn were both taken to Saint Marys Hospital. Minnesota State Patrol reported Mrs. Fisher suffered serious injuries and William Fisher suffered non-life threatening injuries. Early Thursday afternoon, Mayo Clinic reported that Mrs. Fisher had passed away from her injuries. The two other passengers, Christine M. Lind, 15, and Catherine A. Lind, 16, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., were also taken to Saint Marys Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the Tahoe, Deryck D. Forbes, 18, of Chatfield, wasn't injured. A passenger, Victoria D. Ulring, 21, also of Chatfield, had non-life threatening injuries.
"The minivan turned in front of the SUV," said Laci Nelson, the aunt of the SUV driver, responding to the news coverage. "Deryck Forbes was injured and taken to the ER later that day because the ambulance crew never checked him out, because the police had him in the back of the cop car questioning him and searching his vehicle for no apparent reason.... he feels terrible even though it wasn't his fault and this story that made it sound like it was his fault is making him feel even worse about it there is nothing he could have done to avoid it."
According to MnDot, traffic was detoured from Highway 52 to Marion Court Southeast and back to Highway 52 while MSP troopers investigated what happened.
Also on the scene were first responders from Gold Cross Ambulance, the Rochester Fire Department and the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.
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