Austin woman injured in fatal accident

Published 1:04 pm Tuesday, December 23, 2014

An Austin woman suffered non life-threatening injuries in a car crash on Highway 218 Tuesday morning that killed a 50-year-old Medford man.

According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, 31-year-old Alicia Westendorf was driving northbound on Hwy 218 near Bixby in Steele County when a 2000 Ford Focus going south, driven by Mark Smith, lost control and crossed the center line. Westendorf hit the Focus broadside on Focus’s passenger side.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The State Patrol said road conditions were icy at the time of the crash.

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