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Willmar man hurt in crash along Highway 71

WILLMAR -- A 32-year-old Willmar man is hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center for leg and pelvic injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday along U.S. Highway 71 south of Willmar.

According to the State Patrol, Joaquin M. Espinoza was driving a 2004 Buick that was struck head on by a 2001 International semi truck driven by Russell M. Crawford, 62, of Eau Claire, Wis. Crawford was southbound on Highway 71, near the intersection with County Road 82, and attempting to pass a snowplow at the time. He was not injured.