by Cori Hilsgen
Marcella Cheeley, 90, of Cold Spring, died Nov. 21 in a car crash at the bypass near Interstate-94.
The collision occurred at the intersection of CR 2 and Minnesota Street W., west of St. Joseph. It was reported at 9:20 a.m. Several deputies from Stearns County were at the scene of the crash.
According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, Cheeley was attempting to turn left onto CR 2 when her 1991 Chevrolet Corsica was struck broadside and pushed into the west ditch by a semi-truck driven by Aaron Birr, 58, of Eden Valley.
Gold Cross Ambulance Service transported Birr to the St. Cloud Hospital. He was later discharged.
Birr’s vehicle tipped and lost the load of sand he was hauling.
The bypass was completed a year ago to route truck traffic away from downtown St. Joseph. Several crashes have occurred at another intersection connecting to the bypass. Stearns County is moving ahead with plans to install a traffic signal at the intersection where CR 2 connects to CR 75 from the south and CR 3 joins from the north.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.
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