A 25-year-old North Branch man was killed at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, in a three-vehicle crash that involved a dump truck on Highway 8 near Lindstrom.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol’s incident report, 25-year-old Austin Tyler Eckard of North Branch was a passenger in a 2004 Saturn Ion when the driver, while traveling eastbound on Highway 8, crossed into westbound traffic, then back into eastbound traffic, striking a Ford F150. The force of the contact with the F150 caused the Ion to jerk back into the westbound lanes, striking a Peterson dump truck head-on.

The report indicates both Eckard and the female driver, who was identified as 20-year-old Heather Lee Williamson of Centuria, Wisconsin, were both declared dead at the scene. The report also indicates it is unknown if either were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.  

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