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2017 story: Two drivers killed in Highway 61/ 316 crash

A North Memorial Hospital helicopter was called to an accident scene at the intersection of Highway 61 and 316 on Friday, Jan. 27. Two fatalities were confirmed. (photo by Kyle Stevens)1 / 2
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Editor's note: This story is from 2017. Details on the fatal crash Aug. 8, 2018, can be found here

WELCH -- A crash Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, killed two drivers when their vehicles collided at U.S. Highway 61 and Minnesota Highway 316.

Maxine Marie Jellum, 76, Morristown, Minn., was driving a Chrysler Town and Country van westbound on Highway 61 and Betty Lou Ramthun, 73, Goodhue, was driving a Ford Expedition southbound on Highway 316 at approximately 3 p.m. when the two vehicles collided, causing the Ford to rollover, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The Ford ended up in the south ditch and debris covered the intersection.
 State troopers aided by the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office temporarily shut down Highway 61 and a helicopter ambulance landed at the scene. A passenger in the Ford, Daniel Raymond Ramthun, 72, Goodhue, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with what authorities said they believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Hastings and Red Wing ambulance crews assisted at the scene.