The Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) updated its report regarding a vehicle collision at Highway 7, mile marker 150, Hale Township, McLeod County yesterday, at approximately 11:03 a.m.
MSP reported two vehicles were involved in the accident. The first was a 2020 Ford Explorer, driven by Marsha Angela Schmidt, 53, of Danube. Schmidt had a passenger in her vehicle, Marcia Jean Schmidt, 54, of Willmar.
The second vehicle was a 2013 Ford Fusion, driven by Wilmer Espinoza Herrera, 25, of Montevideo. Herrera had two passengers in his vehicle: Fanny Ramirez Perez, 21, of Montevideo, and Wilmer Osmani Espinoza-Ramirez Jr., 2, also of Montevideo.
MSP reported that the Ford Fusion was westbound on Highway 7 when it crossed the center line and collided with the Ford Explorer that was eastbound on Highway 7.
The Schmidts were transported to the Hutchinson Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Wilmer Espinoza Herrera and Fanny Ramirez Perez were killed in the collision. Wilmer Osmani Espinoza-Ramirez Jr. was taken to HCMC and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
All involved were wearing seatbelts, and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Pavement conditions were wet at the time of the accident.
Also responding to the scene were the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, Allina Ambulance, Silver Lake Ambulance, Silver Lake Fire Department.