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1 dead, 1 critical after intersection crash involving semi in northwest Minnesota

A semi collided with a pickup at an intersection northeast of Thief River Falls.

The driver of a pickup suffered life-threatening injuries and a passenger was killed in a collision with a semi in northwest Minnesota Thursday morning. 

The crash happened around 10:45 a.m. on Hwy. 89 at 390th St. NE in Rollis Township, which is located about 20 miles northeast of Thief River Falls in Marshall County. 

The State Patrol reports that the semi driver, who was hauling an empty gravel trailer, had to slam on his brakes when the driver of the GMC Sierra pickup stopped at a stop sign and then proceeded through the intersection. The semi driver, who was northbound on Hwy. 89, collided with the truck, with both vehicles coming to a rest in the east ditch. 

Keith Myron Rector, 81, of Waubun, Minnesota, was a passenger in the pickup. He suffered fatal injuries in the crash. He was not wearing a seat belt, the State Patrol said. 

The driver, an 82-year-old man from Waubun, sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks. 

The semi driver, a 42-year-old from nearby Gatzke, Minnesota, was not injured.

According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, there have been 194 deaths on Minnesota roads this year. That's up from 186 at the same point last year. 

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