Highway 52 crash near Zumbrota injures 2 people, shuts down part of highway

The crash occurred after a vehicle attempted to make a U-turn in the northbound lane and collided with a semi-truck also heading north on Highway 52.

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Emergency crews on the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 52 near Zumbrota that's shut down the northbound lanes of the highway between 480th Street and Highway 60.<br/>
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PINE ISLAND TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle crash on Highway 52 on Friday, May 27, 2022, injured two people and shut down a portion of the highway.

The incident happened shortly before 3:30 p.m. Patricia Ann Heath, 83, of Rochester, was driving a 2016 Toyota Camry and making a U-turn in the northbound lanes of Highway 52 at milepost 76 when her car collided with a 2015 Volvo VN Tractor truck also heading north, according to a Minnesota State Patrol report.

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Heath and the driver of the semi-truck — Alishire Abdi Mahamed, 36, of St. Cloud, Minn. — were taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys with non-life threatening injuries.

The northbound lanes on Highway 52 between 480th Street and Highway 60 (near Zumbrota) were closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's website.

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The Zumbrota Police Department, Zumbrota Ambulance, Zumbrota Fire Department and Goodhue County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash.

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