Pickup pulling trailer slides into minivan’s path on Highway 32

    Late in the afternoon on Tuesday, Feb. 14, a two-car crash on Minnesota Highway 32 near St. Hilaire has left one of the drivers, a Thief River Falls woman, dead.

    According to the Minnesota State Patrol, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Mary Louise Reierson, 62, of Thief River Falls, was driving a Chrysler Town and Country minivan northbound when an oncoming Chevrolet Silverado pickup pulling a Skidsteer trailer begin to slide into the northbound lane, resulting in a collision between the van and the trailer two miles north of St. Hilaire.

    Reierson was taken to Sanford Health in Thief River Falls where she was pronounced dead. The other driver, Julie Rose Good, 18, of Thief River Falls, was uninjured, nor was her passenger, Rose Ann Koepke, 56, also of Thief River Falls.   

     The State Patrol report indicates that alcohol was not a factor in the crash and that all people involved were wearing seat belts.