Cottage Grove crash leaves El Salvador woman dead

Authorities say one person is dead following a crash during the overnight hours early Wednesday morning in Cottage Grove.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Toyota Corolla was heading north on Highway 61 when the driver lost control just after midnight near Manning Avenue.

Then, the vehicle crashed into the median.

The report says the vehicle’s driver, a 35-year-old St. Paul man, wasn’t injured. However, his passenger, identified as Melissa Magana Cerrano from El Salvador, died. Her age hasn’t been provided.

Both parties were listed as wearing their seat belts.

No word on what led up to the crash.

Road conditions were listed as being dry at the time of the crash, which caused the northbound lanes of Highway 61 between Highway 95 and Kimbro Avenue South to be closed for several hours.