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Name of victim in fatal Baxter crash is released

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A 30-year-old Little Falls woman was killed in the Friday morning accident on state Highway 371 south of Baxter.

Melissa L. Wooden died at the scene.

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The accident occurred about 8 a.m. near the intersection with Crow Wing County Road 48.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol out of Brainerd:

Wooden died when the 1999 Dodge Durango she was driving failed to yield for a red light on Highway 371.

The Durango was headed north on Highway 371 when the vehicle was struck by a southbound 2008 Chevrolet Suburban turning left onto County Road 48.

The Durango then hit a signal light.

Wooden died at the scene of the crash. She was wearing her seat belt and no alcohol was detected in her system.

The driver of the Suburban, 47-year-old Kip L. Dixon of Brainerd, was taken to St Joseph's Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. He was wearing his seat belt.

Northbound lanes on High-way 371 were temporarily closed until they reopened about 9:30 a.m.

The Durango was totaled in the accident. The Suburban sustained severe damage.

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