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UPDATE: Name of Belgrade woman killed in crash with semi on Highway 71 is released

An 82-year-old Belgrade woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash after her vehicle collided with a semi Friday morning, five miles south of Belgrade on U.S. Highway 71.

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First responders work at the scene of an accident that occurred Friday morning near the intersection of Kandiyohi County Road 34 and U.S. Highway 71 south of Belgrade. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

BELGRADE — A Belgrade woman was killed Friday morning in northern Kandiyohi County after the vehicle she was driving collided with a semi on U.S. Highway 71.

The victim was identified as Marilyn Joan Hagen, 82, of Belgrade.

The accident was reported at 10:18 a.m. on Highway 71 at Kandiyohi County Road 34, about five miles south of Belgrade.

According to the State Patrol report , Hagen was driving a 2018 Chevy Equinox south on 71 when it crossed the center line and collided with a 2000 Kenworth semi driven by Bruce Frederick Bruns, 54, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Bruns was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the State Patrol.

The accident resulted in the temporary closure of Highway 71. It reopened to traffic around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

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The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Belgrade Fire Department, Belgrade Police Department and the Minnesota Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

This story has been updated since its original posting with additional information.

Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at clange@wctrib.com or 320-894-9750
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