A teenage driver strayed into the wrong lane on a highway northwest of Duluth, and his girlfriend was killed in a head-on crash, authorities said.

The collision occurred shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday on Hwy. 2 east of Floodwood, according to the State Patrol.

Emma F. Abernathey, 17, of nearby Proctor, died at the scene, the patrol said. Three others in the two vehicles were hospitalized with noncritical injuries.

Authorities have not said what caused the crash roughly 40 miles northeast of Duluth but said the highway was snowy and icy at the time.

According to the patrol: Logan D. Hink, 17, of Brookston, Minn., was heading west on Hwy. 2, crossed the centerline and hit a car coming the other way.

Annette S. Humphrey, 52, of Deer River, Minn., was driving the other car. Her passenger was Cedar A. Jimenez, 14, whose hometown was not immediately known.

Paul Walsh