Identities released in Sunday's fatal crash in Renville County

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DANUBE, Minn. — A 53-year-old man and an 88-year-old woman were killed when their vehicles collided Sunday morning in Renville County. Four passengers were injured, one critically, according to information from the Renville County Sheriff's Office.

Killed in the crash were Anna M. Jansen, 88, of St. Michael, Minnesota, and David R. Swanson, 53, of Lincoln, Nebraska.

The crash was reported at 11:33 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Renville County Road 1 and Renville County Road 4, which is about eight miles south of Danube in Henryville Township.

According to a news release from the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, preliminary investigation indicates that a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by Jansen was going west on County Road 4 and failed to stop at the stop sign at County Road 1. The vehicle collided with a 2007 Buick LaCrosse driven by Swanson that was going south on County Road 1.

Both vehicles went into the ditch and overturned.


A passenger in the Buick LaCrosse, Ronda L. Swanson, 53, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was critically injured and was flown from the scene to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Her condition is not known.

The other three passengers in the Buick were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. They were: Abigail J. Swanson, 23; Sophia G. Swanson, 19; and Livia L. Swanson, 15, all of Lincoln, Nebraska.

The crash remains under investigation.

The Renville County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Danube Fire Department, Danube Medical Response Unit, Danube Police Department, Olivia Police Department, Olivia Ambulance Service, Olivia Fire Department, Renville Ambulance Service, North Memorial Ambulance-Redwood Falls, North Memorial Air Care helicopter, Life Link III helicopter and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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