Woman dies after truck hits deer, swerves into her lane
THIEF RIVER FALLS - A Marshall County woman died after a truck hit a deer, crossed over into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with her vehicle Monday night near Thief River Falls.
Alexander Schmidt, 21, Thief River Falls, was westbound in a 2004 Ford truck on Minnesota Highway 1 about 2 miles east of Thief River Falls when he hit the deer at 8:09 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Schmidt, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, crossed the centerline of the highway before colliding with a 1995 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Sandra Swanson, 71, Gatzke, Minn., according to the report.
Both were taken at Sanford Hospital in Thief River Falls, where Swanson died. Both vehicles were totaled. Alcohol was not involved in the crash, authorities said.