Authorities have identified a St. Michael woman as the victim in a fatal accident that unfolded Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Crow River bridge.
Megan Hinchliff, 24, was killed when she was caught up in a three-vehicle accident shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday. Her Pontiac G6 left the road and collided with a crane parked off the right shoulder of eastbound Interstate 94, just on the east bank of the river.
The accident occurred in the construction zone on 94 at the Crow River bridge.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, another St. Michael driver, 17-year-old Larissa Bohler, was headed eastbound when her 2004 Toyota Corolla spun out on the interstate, clipping the car of 42-year-old Craig Heckman of Clearwater, Minnesota. Heckman’s Buick Lacrosse then struck Hinchliff’s car, sending her off the road and into the construction equipment.
Bohler and Heckman were not injured in the incident. Hinchliff was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rogers Fire also assisted at the scene, while Wright County Sheriff’s Office deputies closed the interstate, eastbound at Highway 241, shortly before 10 a.m. The freeway wasn’t completely re-opened to traffic until shortly after noon, according to witnesses and Police Clips.