A deadly, head-on crash shut down Highway 212 in Eden Prairie, Minn. during the Friday morning commute. The crash happened at about 8 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of Highway 212 at Eden Prairie Road.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol incident report, 62-year-old Robert Bartee of Eden Prairie, Minn. was driving westbound on Highway 212 when his Chevy Malibu crossed over the median and crashed head-on into an eastbound Jeep.
Bartee was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Jeep, 26-year-old Joseph Tupman of Eden Prairie, was taken to HCMC with serious injuries.
Bartee's car also struck a Chevy K15 pickup, driven by 73-year-old Kathleen Seck of Carver, Minn. Seck was not injured.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske confirmed that distracted driving was also not a factor. The crash remains under investigation.
INCREASE IN FATAL CRASHES
Preliminary numbers indicate there's been a steady increase in deadly crashes in Minnesota. As of Friday, 290 people have died in car crashes -- that's 11 more deaths compared to October of last year. In 2012 alone, nearly 400 people were killed on the road in Minnesota, up 7 percent from 2011.
NOTE: A previous version of this story indicated that the Jeep crossed the median and struck the Malibu. That information came from a preliminary incident report and a Twitter update from Lt. Roeske. An updated incident report was published by the Minnesota State Patrol, and the above report reflects that update.