A 53-year-old New Ulm woman was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 14 just east of Sleepy Eye this (THU) morning. The crash occurred at just after 6am near the Christensen Farms facility. The State Patrol says that a westbound 2001 GMC Sierra pickup truck driven by Karen Branch of New Ulm crossed into the eastbound lane and hit a 2001 Ford Econoline van driven by 52-year-old Roddy Verschelde of North Mankato. Branch was pronounced dead at the scene, while Verschelde was airlifted to North Memorial in Robbinsdale. The highway was closed in both directions for several hours following the crash. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the Sleepy Eye Police and Fire departments, as well as Sleepy Eye Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.