UPDATE: Name Released of Otsego Woman Who Died in Crash

A 26-year-old Otsego woman was killed Wednesday on slippery roads.

UPDATE (10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17): The name of the woman killed in Wednesday morning's accident in Otsego has been released. 

The Wright County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman as Ashley Ann McCauley, 26, of Otsego.

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A 26-year-old Otsego woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash when her car collided with a utility truck and trailer Wednesday morning, according to Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty.

The victim's name is being withheld until her family is notified.

The fatal crash occured at 8:20 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 39 and Mason Avenue Northeast in Otsego. Road conditions were icy at the time, according to official road reports. Freezing rain and some light snow had fallen in the area Wednesday morning. 

The victim was driving a 2007 Volkswagen Beetle, going northbound on Mason Ave. NE when she collided with a 2007 Ford F-450 utility truck and trailer owned by Great River Energy. The truck was traveling eastbound and driven by Darin Orbeck, 47, of Cold Spring.

The driver of the Volkswagen was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital where she later died.

Wright County deputies were assisted at the scene by Elk River Fire/Rescue and Ambulance as well as the Minnesota State Patrol.

The crash remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

mary January 17, 2013 at 04:02 AM
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Deidre January 17, 2013 at 03:54 PM
I am her sister-in-law, thank you to everyone who was there holding her hands and praying with her. This is the first I've heard what kind of truck hit her. She was too young for this and so smart and beautiful, this is heartbreaking and words can’t even express how senseless it all seems that a split second can really change your life forever.
Liala Helal January 17, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Thoughts and prayers for you and your family, Deidre.
Al Anderson January 17, 2013 at 04:32 PM
R.I.P -- a very sad event.
Steve Pulley January 18, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Thanks Katie, After over 20 years in EMS, I'm glad you were there. I wish more people did the same. Thanks to all the first responders. Ashley had family in the Fire/Rescue and EMS services. She will be greatly missed.


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