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Willmar man's injuries described as life-threatening after semi rear-ends pickup in western Minnesota

Brian Lee Ilgen, 50, of Willmar, was transported to CentraCare — St. Cloud Hospital after suffering what were described as life-threatening injuries Thursday, Oct. 20, after a semi ran into the back of his pickup truck on Minnesota Highway 40 in Louriston Township of Chippewa County.

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LOURISTON — A Willmar man suffered what were described as life-threatening injuries after a crash with a semi Thursday, Oct. 20, west of Willmar.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 50-year-old Brian Lee Ilgen was transported to CentraCare — St. Cloud Hospital after his 1997 Chevy pickup was rear-ended by a 2015 Peterbilt semitractor driven by Paul Douglas Bonnema, 60, of Anacortes, Washington.

According to the report, the semitractor was traveling west on Minnesota Highway 40 when the crash occurred near the intersection of 110th Avenue Northeast as the pickup was attempting to turn south on Chippewa County Road 2 from the state highway.

Bonnema was uninjured in the crash, according to the report.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, and alcohol was not involved, the report said.

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Road conditions were reported as dry at the time of the accident at 9:59 a.m. Thursday in Louriston Township.

Kerkhoven Emergency Medical Services and Fire Department, Willmar Emergency Medical Services, Minnesota Department of Transportation crews from the Willmar office and Life Link also responded to the scene.

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