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Update: Driver killed Thursday in crash near New London identified

A 60-year-old New London woman was killed Thursday when a dump truck rolled north of New London, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. State Highway 23 was closed until after 4 p.m. while the accident scene was cleared.

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Emergency crews respond Thursday to an accident reported about 12:30 p.m. on state Highway 23 near New London. The Minnesota State Patrol said it was investigating an injury crash and the extent of the injuries was unknown. (Mark Wasson / West Central Tribune)

NEW LONDON — The driver involved in a rollover crash that closed state Highway 23 for several hours Thursday north of New London was killed, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The driver was identified as Pamela Kay Woltjer, 60, of New London, by the Minnesota State Patrol.

The report states the crash involved an unbelted or unrestrained occupant.

According to the State Patrol, a 2003 Mack dump truck was traveling southbound on Highway 23, north of 199th Avenue Northeast near New London. The dump truck went off the road into the southbound ditch, rolled and came to a rest on the passenger side.

Emergency services, including a Life Link helicopter, responded to the crash.

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Jim Holtkamp, who runs Midwest Auto Body & Sales with his son Troy, said he was eating in his house when he heard a noise and came out to investigate.

"I don't know what the heck happened," Holtkamp said. "I just saw the dust flying."

Jenny Frerichs-Ramon, of Hawick, who reported the accident to 911, said she was on her way to a vet appointment when she saw the truck fly through the air on its side with a dust cloud trailing behind it.

"It was like something out of a movie," Frerichs-Ramon said.

Frerichs-Ramon said she pulled over to the side because she wasn't sure how far the truck would roll but that a highway sign seemed to have finally stopped the truck.

Both Troy Holtkamp and Frerichs-Ramon said they saw bystanders helping the driver, and scanner traffic at the time confirmed that people were giving the driver CPR when emergency services responded.

"Everybody kind of pulled over and a bunch of people rushed out of their cars and they were checking the truck," Frerichs-Ramon said, adding that someone brought a fire extinguisher to help.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, the New London Ambulance and Fire Department, along with the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad and the Willmar and Granite Falls Ambulance, were among the agencies responding.

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Some responders were redirecting traffic at the site, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation also was called to assist.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at mwasson@postbulletin.com.
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