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Pickup rear-ends snow plow near Bemidji

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A Chevrolet pickup truck rear-ended a snow plow just before 2 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. Highway 2 East near Animal Land.

The pickup, driven by Michael Barnsness, 49, of Grand Rapids, Minn., was in the left lane when it rear-ended the snow plow, driven by Joel Swedberg, 66, of Blackduck, who was plowing turn lanes along the road, according to the Minnesota State Patrol out of Thief River Falls.

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Barnsness was taken to North Country Regional Hospital with a possible leg injury.

Kevin LeClair, 47, of Taconite, Minn., a passenger in Barnsness' vehicle, also was taken to NCRH for a possible collar bone injury.

Whether Swedberg was injured in the crash was not apparent in the State Patrol report.

All three men were wearing their seat belts.

The pickup was totaled in the crash. The snow plow sustained minor damage.

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