The male driver of a car that crashed head-on with a semitrailer truck was killed in southern Minnesota early Saturday, shutting down Hwy. 218 for several hours.

The semi and car collided about 5 a.m. between Owatonna and Blooming Prairie, blocking all lanes of the highway. The semi driver, Del Mees, 52, of Dexter, Minn., was not injured. The lanes were closed into Saturday afternoon, State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said.

The two drivers were the only ones in their vehicles. The dead man's name has not been released.

KELLY SMITH