Alcohol believed to be major factor in crash that killed 39-year-old woman

EMBARRASS TOWNSHIP, Minn. — Officers say alcohol was a major factor in a fatal crash late Friday night on Highway 21.

Responders were dispatched to a crash with injuries at the 5500 block of Highway 21 in Embarrass Township at approximately 11:32 p.m.

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says a car was traveling eastbound on Highway 21 when it was struck by a pickup truck driving westbound. It appears the pickup truck crossed the centerline of the highway into oncoming traffic.

The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified her as a 39-year-old from Rural Eveleth, Minn. 

The 40-year-old pickup truck driver had minor injuries and was taken to a Duluth hospital for treatment. The driver from Virginia, Minn. is charged with criminal vehicular homicide upon his release from the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

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