17-year-old driver dies after crashing SUV on I-494 in Mendota Heights

A fatal crash occurred on I4-494 in Mendota Heights early Friday morning.  (MnDOT / FOX 9)

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a crash on Interstate 494 in Mendota Heights that left a 17-year-old girl dead early Thursday morning. 

The crash occurred around 4 a.m. on westbound I-494 just west of Pilot Knob Road. According to the State Patrol report, the teenager was driving a 2017 Dodge Journey when she left the road, entering a ditch and crashing into the guardrail. The SUV then rolled onto its side and struck a pole. 

The victim's identity has not been released. 

The right and center lanes of I-494 were closed for a short period of time.