The name of a Harmony man who was killed in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 52 in Fillmore County Tuesday morning has been released by authorities.
The Minnesota State Patrol reported that a 2015 Ford F350 pickup being driven by 61-year old Mark John Hanson of New Richland was traveling westbound on Highway 52 at approximately 8:59 a.m. Tuesday morning when his vehicle collided with an eastbound 2005 Toyota Prius being driven by 63-year old Laurald Joseph Afseth of Harmony near the intersection of Highway 52 and Fillmore County Road 30 in Canton Township.
Afseth was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while Hanson was uninjured. The State Patrol reported that the road was covered with ice and snow at the time of the accident, and they added that both parties were wearing their seatbelts. The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, Winneshiek County Ambulance, Fire Departments from Canton and Mable, plus Mable Ambulance all assisted the State Patrol at the fatal accident scene Tuesday morning.