Get our free mobile app

Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - The Minnesota State Patrol has released the names of those involved in the deadly chain-reaction multi-vehicle crash that happened Wednesday north of Rochester.

A Rochester woman was killed in the wreck.

The victim has been identified as 65-year-old Bonita Sawyer. She was a passenger in a car driven by 67-year-old Debra Bieber of Rochester, who suffered life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened in dense fog on northbound Highway 51 between Oronoco and Pine Island around 9:15 am. There were three semi-trucks and three passenger vehicles involved.

Truck drivers:

1. 45-year-old Dale Vandezande of Rochester -  not injured

2. 71-year-old Barre Ahmed of St Paul -  suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

3. 59-year-old Christopher Huffine of Lenoir City, Tennessee - not injured
    passenger: 60-year-old Steven Harold of Rockford, Tennessee - not injured

Other passenger vehicle drivers:

1. 78-year-old Merl Groteboer of Rochester - not injured
    passenger: 75-year-old Daniel Berndt of Rochester - not injured

2. 60-year-old Timothy Full of Blaine - not injured
    passenger: 62-year-old Mary Full of Blaine - non-life-threatening injuries
    passenger: 28-year-old Renee Full of Blaine - non-life-threatening injuries

The crash occurred about an hour before another accident that happened on northbound Highway 52 north of Pine Island.

LOOK: Route 66’s quirkiest and most wonderful attractions state by state

Stacker compiled a list of 50 attractions--state by state--to see along the drive, drawing on information from historic sites, news stories, Roadside America, and the National Park Service. Keep reading to discover where travelers can get their kicks on Route 66.