Fatal crash on Hwy 61

One dead, two injured in Collision

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One person is dead following a head on collision on Highway 61 Saturday evening. 

According to the Minnesota State Patrol a Honda Civic traveling northbound in the southbound lanes struck a Nissan Maxima head on. 

The crash occurred near Salaka Road just before 11:00 p.m.

The deceased driver is 63-year-old Philip Bergerson of Bonita Springs, Florida. 

The occupants of the other vehicle involved in the accident 20-year-old Cole Dreschler and 19-year-old Sarah Buscher, both of Cloquet, sustained injuries. 

Dreschler’s injuries are described as serious. 

Authorities said Buscher’s injuries are non-life threatening.

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