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Louisburg couple killed in Highway 12 crash

A Louisburg couple was killed in a two-vehicle crash around 2:30 p.m. Monday at the intersection of U.S. Highways 12 and 59 west of Benson.

According to the State Patrol, Gail A. Strickler, 68, was the driver of a 2001 Ford that pulled out in front of another vehicle at the intersection. She died at St. Cloud Hospital.

Her passenger and husband, Ned H. Strickler, 60, was taken to Appleton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The other driver, Bernard A. Westhausen, 70, of Appleton, was driving a 1995 Dodge Ram. He was taken to Appleton Hospital for treatment of a minor injury.

The Swift County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene. Louisburg is in northern Lac qui Parle County.

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