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UPDATE: Willmar woman killed in two-vehicle collision Sunday morning near New London, Minnesota

A 52-year-old Willmar woman died early Sunday after two vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 71 west of New London. A passenger in the woman's car and the driver of the other vehicle were injured and taken to area hospitals.

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A 23-month-old girl died after a crash between a pickup truck and a school bus Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, in Arden Hills, Minnesota. No children were on the bus at the time.
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Editor's note: This story has been updated since initial publication to add that the State Patrol reported that alcohol was involved.

NEW LONDON — A Willmar woman died early Sunday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 71 west of New London.

Dalia Zuniga, 52, of Willmar, was killed in a collision between her 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and 2009 GMC Sierra driven by Daniel Lohse, 18, of Willmar. The Chevrolet was traveling north, and the GMC was traveling south when they collided, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

The report says alcohol was detected in Lohse.

The crash occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, and the highway was closed until about 6 a.m. between Minnesota Highway 9 and County Road 148.

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Two vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 71 west of New London early Sunday in a fatal crash. The Minnesota State Patrol closed the highway for several hours to investigate the crash and clear the road.

Lohse and a passenger in the Chevrolet, Sergio Vicente Valador-Venzor, 31, of Belgrade, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Lohse was taken to CentraCare-St. Cloud Hospital, and Valador-Venzor was taken to CentraCare-Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, New London Fire Department, New London Ambulance, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, Lakes Area First Responders, Sunburg Ambulance, CentraCare Emergency Medical Services, LifeLink and the Minnesota Department of Transportation also responded to the scene.

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