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Forum Communications Co., Published September 11 2010

UPDATE: Fatal crash kills Nevis woman west of Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. - Johanna Achilles, 70, of Nevis, Minn., died Friday night following a two-vehicle accident west of Bemidji.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol out of Thief River Falls:

Achilles was driving a 2000 Chrysler van south on state Highway 89 when the vehicle was hit by a 2004 Ford pickup truck driven by Travis L. Anderson, 34, of Bovey, Minn.

The accident was reported just before 9 p.m. The van had stopped at the stop sign along Highway 89 and then began to proceed through the intersection.

Anderson, who had been headed west on U.S. Highway 2, said he tried to both change lanes and stop as soon as he saw the van proceed through the intersection.

Anderson was not injured. Also uninjured in the crash was Achilles' husband, 71-year-old David E. Achilles of Nevis, who was a passenger in the van. Everyone involved in the crash was wearing their seat belts.

The roadway was wet at the time of the crash. Both vehicles were totaled.