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Cottage Grove man dies in Highway 61 crash

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Cottage Grove man dies in Highway 61 crash
Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

A 42-year-old Cottage Grove man died in a crash Thursday afternoon north of the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings.

Michael L. Novak died when his vehicle was struck while he was traveling north on Highway 61 at 3:13 p.m. Thursday, about 1/4 mile south of Highway 10, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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The accident occurred after other vehicles traveling south on Highway 61 swerved to avoid traffic. According to the State Patrol, Kayla J. Arndtson, 19, Hastings, was traveling south and noticed traffic was slowing. She swerved partially into the right lane to avoid traffic. A second vehicle driven by Judy A. Tchida, 27, Hastings, was traveling south in the right lane and swerved onto the right shoulder to avoid Arndtson's vehicle. Tchida's vehicle spun out of control and went into the northbound lane, striking Novak's vehicle on the front of the driver's side.

The Minnesota State Patrol was investigating a fatal accident Thursday afternoon north of the Highway 61 bridge.

The Minnesota State Patrol was investigating a fatal accident Thursday afternoon north of the Highway 61 bridge.

The accident caused southbound Highway 61 to close for about two hours. However, northbound drivers were able to get across the bridge on the open shoulder.

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