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Man identified in fatal two-vehicle accident south of Bemidji

BEMIDJI — A 26-year-old Oakdale man was killed Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 71 south of Bemidji in Guthrie Township.

According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, a 2002 Subaru driven by Michelle Farlee, 23, of Park Rapids, was northbound on Highway 71 at 8:22 a.m. when it lost control and crossed the centerline. The Subaru was then struck broadside by a 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by Roger Proulx, 67, of Bemidji, who was southbound near the intersection of Highway 71 and Hubbard County Road 118.

Eric Tyler Follensbee, a passenger in the Subaru, died in the crash. He was wearing a seat belt.

Farlee and Proulx also were wearing seat belts, and were taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, the report said.

Road conditions at the time of the collision were described as wet by the State Patrol, which is investigating. This report updates the victim's age to 26.

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