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Blackduck man dies in Saturday crash

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A 37-year-old Blackduck man died in a two-vehicle crash before 6 p.m. Saturday south of Northome.

According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol out of Virginia:

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James W. Resendez, 37, of Blackduck, was driving a 2000 Saturn SL2 south on U.S. Highway 71 south of Northome, but the vehicle was in the northbound lane of traffic.

Resendez apparently realized he was in the wrong lane, swerved back to the southbound lane, but collided with a northbound 2006 GMC Sierra, which had cross into the southbound lane in an attempt to avoid a crash.

Resendez died in the crash. It was unknown if he was wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the Sierra, 56-year-old Thomas A. Devich of Buhl, Minn., suffered minor injuries. A passenger in the Sierra, 53-year-old John J. Rappuchi of Britt, Minn., also suffered minor injuries. Both men, who were wearing their seat belts, were treated at the scene.

The Saturn was totaled. The Sierra sustained severe damage.

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