Vadnais Heights woman dies in County Road 46 crash

An 87-year-old Vadnais Heights woman died after a two-vehicle crash on the southbound ramp from County Road 46 to Highway 52 at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

Wanda Narum was driving her vehicle west on County Road 46 when she attempted to turn left across traffic onto the southbound ramp to Highway 52 when her vehicle collided with a gravel truck that was eastbound on County Road 46, according to a release from the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.

Narum was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The crash caused County Road 46 to be closed entirely for about an hour Thursday then westbound lanes were opened and eastbound drivers were detoured. The roadway was completely opened after about five hours.

The County Road 46 bridge over Highway 52 in Coates was completed a two years ago. It includes one lane in each direction with turn lanes for westbound drivers to turn left for both the southbound and northbound ramps to Highway 52.

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol are continuing the investigation into this crash.