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Motorcyclist killed in head-on crash on Hwy. 61

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.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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