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Willmar man dies during a vehicle accident

WILLMAR — Leon Muller, 73, of Willmar passed away Tuesday after suffering a medical issue while driving and being involved in a two-vehicle crash on East Highway 12 in Willmar at around 3:30 p.m.

The Willmar Police Department said it is unclear whether Muller died from the medical issue or from injuries received during the crash. Emergency responders to the scene began CPR on Muller and he was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

According to the police department, Muller was driving a GMC Terrain eastbound on Highway 12 near the 1100 block. Muller's passenger said Muller suffered a medical issue while driving and passed out. The Terrain crossed over into the westbound lane of Highway 12 and onto the service road. It then struck a Ford pick up truck. Muller's vehicle continued eastbound through a business parking lot at 1109 East Highway 12 and came to a stop after striking a large business sign.

The driver of the truck, along with passengers in both vehicles reported no injuries and the pick up truck received only minor damage. The names of these individuals have not been released.

The Willmar Police Department is continuing its investigation.