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Middle River man killed in collision near Fergus Falls

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - A 24-year-old man from Middle River, Minn., died of injuries sustained in a head-on collision between a pickup and a semi near Fergus Falls on Sunday, the Minnesota State Patrol said this morning.

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Richard L. Smith, 24, was driving the pickup when it crossed the center line of Highway 59 about 1:27 p.m. and struck the semi head-on, the patrol said. Smith's name was released this morning after immediate relatives had been notified.

The accident happened about 1:27 p.m. on Highway 59 about three miles north of Fergus Falls, the report said.

The man who died was driving the pickup when it crossed the center line of the two-lane blacktop road and struck the semi head-on, the report said.

The driver of the semi, David Bjorgo, 53, of Pelican Rapids, was not injured.

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