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Pickup driver killed after rear-ending snowplow

The 37-year-old victim was from Big Lake.

A man has died after the pickup he was driving rear-ended a snow plow just outside of the Twin Cities.

The crash happened in Big Lake Township at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, as a snowplow was clearing the intersection at 196th Street NW and 212th Avenue.

The plow had pushed snow into the southwest corner of the intersection and was backing up to turn onto 212th Avenue, before stopping to lower its plow wing.

That's when a pickup driven by Ross Ness, 37, of Big Lake, approached from behind.

The plow driver could see the pickup coming at speed and tried to turn out of the way, but Ness rear-ended the plow, and was killed as a result.

The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office says the plow had its warning lights illuminated and fully operational at the time of the crash.

There have been dozens of incidents of snowplows being struck by vehicles over the course of the past month, which has seen record amounts of snow fall in the Twin Cities and large amounts elsewhere in Minnesota.

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