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Head-on crash near Clara City, Minn., kills one

CLARA CITY -- The driver of a pickup was killed Wednesday in a head-on crash with a tanker truck on state Highway 23 near Clara City.

The Minnesota State Patrol says on its website that a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup was traveling westbound, crossed the center line and struck an eastbound semi head-on.

The driver of the pickup was killed. The name of the driver is expected to be released Thursday morning.

The driver of the 2012 Kenworth semi, Michael A. Rost, 37, of Osakis, suffered no apparent injury. He was wearing a seat belt.

The State Patrol report says the crash occurred at 4:41 p.m. Wednesday about 3 miles east of Clara City. The pickup was totaled, and the semi sustained severe damage.

Traffic was detoured temporarily around the accident scene Wednesday evening.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, Clara City Police Department and Dawson Police Department assisted at the scene.

Susan Lunneborg
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