Police say icy roads were the cause
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
DOUGLAS — Two women died this morning in a head-on collision north of Rochester. Icy road conditions were the cause, authorities said.
The Olmsted Couunty Sheriff’s Office said Jane Bowman-Nigon, 46, of Zumbrota, was dead at the scene and Ann Buckingham, 49, of West Concord, died later in surgery.
Bowman-Nigon was driving a van on 75th Street Northwest when she lost control at the crest of a slight rise in the road and skidded into Buckingham’s vehicle. It was near 60th Avenue Northwest. The accident was reported at 7:03 a.m.
Capt. Mark Darnell said weather was a factor in the crash causing the road to be ice-covered in that location.
The Buckingham was transported by Mayo Clinic helicopter and died in surgery at Saint Marys Hospital, the sheriff’s office said.
A forensic mapping unit was dispatched to the scene to collect information and reconstruct the collision.
Officials shut down a portion of 75th Street Northwest and diverted traffic. Road crews were out salting and sanding areas after the accident.
A number of traffic accidents were reported this morning as warm temperatures caused snow melt, which made roadways slick in the region. Temperatures are expected to plummet in the next 24 hours, causing further potential road problems.
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