INDEPENDENCE, MN — Authorities are unsure of what caused a 52-year-old Bloomington woman to cross the center line, causing a fatal crash Friday afternoon on Highway 12.
According to West Hennepin Public Safety Department, a westbound vehicle driven by Tamara Freiborg crossed the center line into the path of an eastbound semi driven by Osman Abdi, 40, of Eagan, between Valley Road and Hennepin County Road 90 around 3:13 p.m.
Freiborg was pronounced dead at the scene.
Abdi was transported to Ridgeview Hospital in Waconia with minor injuries and for observation.
Doris Schendel, the driver of another involved vehicle, which was also westbound at the time of the crash, was not injured, and that vehicle sustained only minor damage.
Witnesses to the crash said Freiborg was not driving erratically, weaving, or swerving before the crash. During the investigation into the crash, investigators found a purse on the front passenger seat of Freiborg’s vehicle. Inside her purse, in a zippered pocket, investigators located Freiborg’s phone.
WHSPD is working with the Minnesota State Patrol to continue to investigate the cause of the crash and why Freiborg’s vehicle crossed the center line.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family affected in this tragic crash,” a message on the WHPSD Facebook page said. “Thank you to all the responders that came and assisted our department with this crash. Thank you to the other motorists for your understanding as we detoured traffic for an extended amount of time.
We stay strong in working with our other public safety partners to make Highway 12 a safer road to travel.”