Cass Lake woman dies in fatal car crash in Cass County

A Cass Lake woman is dead after a two-vehicle head-on collision in Cass County on Monday.

FSA Fatal crash accident
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CASS COUNTY — A Cass Lake woman is dead after a two-vehicle head-on collision in Cass County on Monday.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2023 Volvo tractor-trailer driven by Nasim Sharapov, 30, of Omaha, Neb., was traveling southbound on State Highway 64 near 28th St. SW in Ansel Township, 60 miles south of Bemidji.

A 2017 Hyundai Sonata driven by 71-year-old Cecelia Marlene Smith, of Cass Lake, was traveling northbound at the same location. The vehicles crashed head-on, causing both to leave the road and enter the east ditch.

Smith was fatally injured and Sharapov is listed as having no injuries on the report.

Conditions were dry at the time of the crash, both parties were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

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