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Watertown, S.D., man killed Friday morning in Lac qui Parle County

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Watertown, S.D., man killed Friday morning in Lac qui Parle County
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MADISON - A Watertown, S.D., man is dead following a crash early Friday morning at the intersection of two county highways in Lac qui Parle County.

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The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office said Robert James Coyle, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, Ryan Elliott Wade, 29, of Canby, was taken by ambulance to Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dawson. The Sheriff's Office said in a news release late Friday that Wade had injuries to his legs and ribs and was discharged from the hospital Friday afternoon.

The crash happened shortly before 5 a.m. at the intersection of County Road 23 and County Road 2. The Sheriff’s Office said in an earlier news release that foggy conditions Friday morning may have been a factor.

Wade was northbound on County Road 23, about 5 miles south of Dawson, when his vehicle was struck by Coyle's vehicle. Coyle was traveling westbound on County Road 2 and failed to stop for a stop sign, the Sheriff's Office said late Friday.

There were no passengers in either vehicle.

Assisting at the scene were the Dawson Ambulance, Dawson Fire Department, Boyd First Responders, Boyd Fire Department, Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office, Clarkfield Fire and Ambulance, St. Leo Fire Department and Minnesota State Patrol.

The Sheriff's Office and State Patrol continue to investigate.

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