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Update: Passenger dies from injuries in crash that killed Norwegian judge

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- A second person has died as a result of a Tuesday motor vehicle crash at the intersection of County Roads 10 and 4 east of Spicer.

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According to a news release from Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog, Torve Sleppen, 51, of Norway has died of injuries sustained in the crash that also killed Jan Martin Flod, 63, also of Norway. Flod was dead at the scene of the crash. Sleppen was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She was a passenger in the vehicle.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office informed the sheriff's office this morning that Sleppen had died, Hartog said.

Flod was driving a Ford Focus south on County Road 4 when it was struck by a westbound Chevy Silverado pickup driven by Randy Twardy, 51, of Eden Valley. Twardy was not transported by ambulance for medical attention. The crash happened around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Flod, a Norwegian appeals court judge, and Sleppen were on their way to the Kandiyohi County Courthouse in Willmar, according to District Judge Donald M. Spilseth. Flod had arranged with Spilseth to observe a hearing and watch the interpreters assisting in Spilseth's courtroom.

The judges became friends after Flod spent a week observing trial court activities in Spilseth's courtroom in 2001. The observation was part of a sabbatical in which Flod studied the American court system.

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