UPDATED: Hwy. 13 Accident Claims Life of 24-Year-Old Eagan Woman

The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the victim of Friday morning's fatal crash as Taya N. Clifford, of Eagan.

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A 24-year-old Eagan woman was killed and another person injured in a fatal, two-car collision that took place just before 8 a.m. on Friday morning, Minnesota State Patrol investigators say.

Taya N. Clifford, of Eagan, was driving a 2007 Mazda passenger car on Hwy. 13 in Eagan when her vehicle was struck by a Dodge Caravan driven by 53-year-old Michael A. Klasen of St. Paul, according to the state patrol. The Pioneer Press reports that Clifford lost control of her vehicle, which spun into oncoming traffic and was broadsided by Klasen's van.

Police say Klasen was transported to Regions Hospital with minor injuries.  The accident took place near the intersection of Hwy. 13 and Interstate 494.

Significant snowfall snarled traffic and created dangerous traveling conditions for many Twin Cities commuters Friday morning. However, it is not yet known if the weather contributed to the Eagan crash.

Check back at Eagan Patch for updates to this developing news story. Have photos or video of the accident scene? Email them to Editor David Henke at david.henke@patch.com.

s. February 22, 2013 at 07:56 PM
RIP Taya, we will always love you.
linda February 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Very sad. Driving was horrible this morning, improved when I did an errand at lunch. I was thinking to myself how quickly driving conditions changed and how quickly life changes, too. Condolences to her dear family and friends.
B. February 25, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Motorwerks BMW will miss this wonderful girl, we love you Taya.


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