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New Brighton man killed in early morning crash

One man was killed after his vehicle left the road and rolled several times into a field south of Hastings the morning of Nov. 6. Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx

One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Highway 61 between 180th and 190th streets Thursday morning, Nov. 6.

The driver has been identified as Gregory D. Christensen, 42, of New Brighton.

The crash occurred while it was still dark, according to a State Patrol trooper on the scene. The incident was reported at 6:59 a.m.

According to the State Patrol's report, the vehicle, a 2010 Ford Fusion, was southbound on Highway 61 when it crossed the northbound lane and went off the road. It went into the ditch, struck a sign and went airborne for a short time before rolling several times into a field. Christensen, the lone occupant of the vehicle, was ejected and killed. He was not wearing a seat belt.

A trooper at the scene said there were no marks on the road.

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.