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Chaska man killed in snowmobile crash in northern Minnesota

The snowmobiler tried to cross Hwy. 169 and was struck by a vehicle.

A snowmobiler was fatally struck by a vehicle when he tried to cross Hwy. 169 in northern Minnesota Saturday afternoon. 

The crash happened just after 5:45 p.m. in Macville Township, Aitkin County, with the Minnesota State Patrol reporting that a 56-year-old Chaska man riding a 2019 Polaris Indy was struck by a Toyota Tundra as he attempted to cross southbound Hwy. 169 from the west ditch to the east ditch. 

Kyle Jason Hegna, of Chaska, was transported to Grand Itasca Hospital where he died. 

The State Patrol says Hegna had been drinking. 

In a separate snowmobile-vehicle collision, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office responded to a scene on Angus Road in Vermilion Lake Township. The driver of an Arctic Cat snowmobile attempted to cross a bridge from the Iron Ore trail and was hit by a Chevrolet Equinox. 

The snowmobiler was transported to Essentia Health in Virginia and later transferred to a hospital in Duluth with serious injuries. 

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