Fatal crash closes Hwy. 169 in New Hope

NEW HOPE, Minn. - A young woman killed in a six-vehicle pileup on Highway 169 Wednesday night has been identified by the Minnesota State Patrol.

Kathryn Taylor Burkey, a 22-year-old from Nowthen, died when the Chevy Cruz she was driving was rear-ended by a semi in the northbound lanes of f Hwy. 169 near the Rockford Road/42nd Avenue exit just before 5:30 p.m.

The State Patrol website says the semi was traveling in the left lane when it failed to stop and struck Burkey's Chevy. Her vehicle was pushed into the a Ford Fusion, which then rear-ended a Chrysler Town and Country.

Burkey's Chevy Cruz came to a rest in the right ditch, with the Fusion and Town & Country ending up wrecked in the right lane. The Peterbuilt semi, driven by a 60-year-old man from North Branch, continued Northbound in the left lane, rear-ending a Toyota Camry. The Camry was then pushed into a Honda Odyssey. Both vehicles came to a rest in the left lane. The semi came to a rest on the left shoulder.

The impacted lanes of Highway 169 remained closed for around 9 hours while the crash was reconstructed and cleaned up. 

 

 

The roadway was closed for hours so investigators could reconstruct the crash. No word at this time if any charges will be filed.

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