1 killed when pickup crosses center line, strikes another truck in Renville County

It happened around 6 p.m. Sunday.
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A Renville County man was killed when the pickup he was driving was struck by another truck.

The crash happened just after 6 p.m. Sunday, the Minnesota State Patrol says, on Highway 4 at 730th Avenue in Martinsburg Township. That's about 75 miles west of Minneapolis, between Hector and Fairfax.

According to the State Patrol's incident report:

A 2016 Chevy Silverado driven by a 61-year-old from New Ulm was heading southbound on Highway 4.

It crossed over the center line and hit a 2001 Chevy Silverado, being driven by 43-year-old David Leon Koskela, from Sacred Heart. Koskela was killed in the crash.

A passenger in Koskela's vehicle, also 43, suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash, as did the 61-year-old driver.

All three people involved were wearing their seat belts. The State Patrol says it's unclear at this point if alcohol might have been involved.

Memorial Day Weekend is the start of what state officials have referred to as the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota's roads, a stretch that ends with Labor Day.

More than 100 people have died in crashes during this period every year since 2012.

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