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Willmar man dies during a vehicle accident

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

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 in Willmar, 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, Bonnie Muller, 73, of Willmar, said Leon 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 pickup truck, driven by Christopher Hess, 41, of Spicer. Muller’s vehicle continued eastbound through a business parking lot at 1109 Highway 12 E. and came to a stop after striking a large business sign.

Hess, Bonnie Muller and Jay Magnuson, 42, of Willmar, who was a passenger in the pickup truck, reported no injuries and the pickup truck received only minor damage.

The Willmar Police Department is continuing its investigation.