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Spicer man identified as driver killed in crash

LAKE LILLIAN — A 74-year-old Spicer man has been identified as the driver of a pickup killed in a crash Thursday east of Lake Lillian.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Elroy Knake was driving a 2002 Ford pickup south on Kandiyohi County Road 2 around 9:45 a.m. Thursday when his vehicle collided with a 1999 Freightliner semi driven by Neil A. Dovenmuehle, 50, of Hutchinson.

Dovenmuehle’s truck was eastbound on Highway 7. He was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Highway 7 was closed and traffic detoured for a time after the crash.