Two people were killed early Thursday morning in a Twin Cities-area head-on collision. The accident shut down a major highway for an extended time. The driver of each vehicle died despite life-saving efforts, according to a report in the Star Tribune.

The collision on Highway 55 in the West Metro blocked traffic in both directions and led to the road being closed for several hours. The accident occurred at about 6:50 am Thursday.

Authorities were yet to release names of the victims, as of 12:30 pm. The highway reopened early Thursday afternoon.

This fatal crash comes on the heels of a construction zone collision that killed a worker in the Rogers area along Interstate 94 earlier this week.