Minnesota State Patrol

(Alexandria, MN) The State Patrol has confirmed that an Alexandria woman died as a result of a two vehicle crash at 3:39pm Wednesday afternoon south of Alexandria.  A Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by 59 year old James Leslie Whalen of Castle Rock, Colorado was traveling northbound on Highway 29 near Hiebel Road, while a Dodge Caravan, driven by  61 year old Betty Ann Bengtson of Alexandria, was traveling southbound. The Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed the center line striking the Dodge Caravan causing both vehicles to roll. The Dodge Caravan came to a rest on its wheels in the west ditch and the Jeep Grand Cherokee came to a rest on its roof.   Bengtson died as a result of the crash.  60 year old Debra Lee Bengtson was a passenger in the Caravan.  She and Whalen received non-life threatening injuries.