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Wisconsin woman dies in crash

Black ice and icy road conditions may have been a factor in a fatal crash Wednesday in Hastings, where an Ellsworth, Wis., woman died.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the 49-year-old woman was driving southbound on Highway 61 at about 6:30 a.m., when another motorist driving northbound lost control of a pickup. The driver of the pickup, 42-year-old Kevin D. Holcomb collided with another vehicle before striking the woman’s vehicle head-on.

The woman, whose name will be released sometime Thursday, was airlifted to Regions Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

Holcomb didn’t suffer any injuries. According to the State Patrol, he was wearing a seatbelt and had not been drinking.

The other driver, Carrie Cernohous, 48, was taken to Regina Hospital in Hastings with a minor neck injury. Cernohous and the driver who was killed were wearing seatbelts as well.

The accident, which occurred over the Mississippi Bridge near Hastings, is currently being investigated by the State Patrol.

The accident caused the bridge to close in both directions from 6:30 a.m. to after 9 a.m., resulting in massive delays during the morning commute.