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Pickup driver loses control, causes fatal crash in Isanti County

January 16, 2018 GMT

A pickup truck driver lost control Tuesday morning on a road north of the Twin Cities, crossed into the path of a van in the opposite lane and killed the other driver, authorities said.

The head-on collision occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on County Road 5 near Holly Drive NW. in Bradford Township, according to the Isanti County Sheriffs Office.

Diane Langenbach, 55, of Zimmerman, died in the crash, the Sheriffs Office said. The pickup driver was identified as Trenece Lachinski, 39, of Isanti.

Lachinski was heading west on County Road 5 about 11 north of St. Francis, when he pickup started fishtailing ... slid into the oncoming lane of traffic and struck the van head-on, a statement from the Sheriffs Office read.

The spinning pickup then clipped an SUV, which also hit the van, the statement continued. The SUV drivers 7-year-old daughter received minor injuries.

No other injuries in either collision were reported.

Paul Walsh 612-673-4482