Two pedestrians killed in separate accidents in central Minnesota early Sunday

Accidents were reported early Sunday morning in Morrison County and Stearns County that resulted in the death of two pedestrians.


SAUK CENTRE – Two pedestrians were killed in separate incidents early Sunday morning in central Minnesota.

The first was reported at 4:21 a.m. on Interstate 94 near Sauk Centre.

According to the State Patrol, an individual was killed when struck by a westbound 2015 Freightliner Chassis driven by Jason Leonard Runge, 29, of Eagle Bend.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

The second incident was reported at 6:09 a.m. on state Highway 25, south of 163rd Street near Pierz in Morrison County.


According to the State Patrol Joseph John Herold, 40, of Pierz, was walking south on Highway 25 when he was struck by an unknown vehicle. The area was dark and foggy at the time of the incident, according to the report.

Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at or 320-894-9750
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