Motorcyclist killed in head-on crash on Hwy. 61

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An Eagan motorcyclist was killed in a head-on crash early Saturday on Highway 61 in Denmark Township.

Joe Neal Hansmeier, 43, was driving a Harley Davidson south in a northbound lane of Highway 61 north of the Hastings bridge when he collided with a northbound Kia OLX driven by Rachel Marie Dickson, 22, of Cottage Grove, according to the State Patrol.

The crash happened shortly before 1 a.m.

Hansmeier, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Regions Hospital and died, the State Patrol said. Alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to the report.

Dickson sustained non-life-threatening injuries but did not receive medical transport.

The Hastings bridge was closed to northbound traffic for about five hours during the investigation, according to Hastings police Chief Bryan Schafer.