1 dead, 2 injured in head-on collision on I-35 near Hinckley

One motorist was killed and two others critically injured Friday afternoon in a head-on crash on Interstate 35 near Hinckley, Minn.

The deceased victim was a 45-year-old man from Garfield, Minn., but his identity was being withheld until Saturday, a Minnesota State Patrol crash report said.

The man was driving north on I-35 in a Kia Sportage when a southbound vehicle drifted through the median and crossed into the northbound lanes one mile south of Hinckley, in Pine County.

Two people in the other vehicle remained in life-threatening condition.

Tabitha Sue Sigler, 21, of Cambridge, Minn., was driving, and Santino Hilario Chavez, 36, of St. Paul, was a passenger in the Mitsubishi Endeavor that crossed the median. They were transported to separate hospitals in the Twin Cities.

The crash was reported at 4 p.m. and caused lengthy delays on I-35 during what was already a busy day for traffic, given the state fishing opener Saturday.

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