UPDATE: 2 killed in Hwy 19 crash involving semi; victims identified

UPDATE: 2 killed in Hwy 19 crash involving semi; victims identified Photo: KSTP-TV.

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: October 19, 2020 03:26 PM
Created: October 19, 2020 08:48 AM

UPDATE:

Two people were killed in crash Monday morning on Highway 19 in Rice County.

The crash happened at about 7:33 a.m. near Baldwin Avenue in Greenvale Township.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a semi was westbound on Highway 19 when it collided head-on with a 2010 Hyundai Sonata, sending the semi into the north ditch and the Hyundai into the south ditch.

The drivers of both the semi and the Hyundai died.

A truck also made contact with the Hyundai but nobody in the truck was injured.

Subsequently, the highway was closed between Northfield and Interstate 35. It has since reopened.

A State Patrol crash report identified the driver of the Hyundai as 28-year-old Bobak Barjasteh, of Northfield, and the driver of the semi as 59-year-old Richard Lester Banidt, of Goodhue.

The crash remains under investigation.

An earlier version of this report appears below.


The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred along Highway 19 in Dakota County Monday morning.

According to the State Patrol, the crash happened at about 7:33 a.m. near Baldwin Avenue in Greenvale Township.

As a result, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported Highway 19 was closed between Northfield and Interstate 35.

The closure was expected to last "for several hours," MnDOT reported, and detours were in place.

Information on the cause of the crash has not yet been released.


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