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Update: State Patrol says Highway 71-9 crash involves fatality

Emergency responders and firefighters work the accident scene Thursday at the intersection of Highway 71 and 23. A semi truck and van collided and ended up in the ditch. Tribune photo by Ron Adams.

 NEW LONDON — The two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and State Highway 9 west of New London involves a fatality, according to the State Patrol.

According to the Patrol’s website and a tweet by Public Information officer Jesse Grabow, the Patrol is on the scene of the crash, which happened around 11:15 a.m.

No further information was being released at this time.

According to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Highway 71 is closed north of Highway 9.

The crash involves a semi truck and a minivan, which emergency crews had covered with a tarp, according to Tribune photographer Ron Adams, who is at the scene.

A Lifelink helicopter had landed at the scene. Both vehicles came to rest off of the roadways.

Also responding were the New London ambulance and fire crews and Willmar Ambulance Service.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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