Rollover crash kills teen in northern Minnesota

The cause of the accident isn't clear yet.
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Authorities in Polk County, northern Minnesota, are investigating a crash that killed a young man on Friday morning.

The single-vehicle accident happened in the town of Gully around 7 a.m., when a 2008 Chevy Silverado truck apparently left the road "and rolled several times," a news release from the Polk County sheriff says. 

The truck's driver and sole occupant, a 19-year-old man, was ejected from the truck and already dead when first responders arrived on the scene.

Authorities have not released the victim's name, pending notification of his family. The release says his body has been taken to the University of North Dakota Medical Examiner for an autopsy. 

The circumstances and exact cause of the crash are not clear yet.

Gully is northwest of Bemidji. 

Road fatalities in Minnesota

As of Friday, Dec. 14, there have been 354 road deaths this year in Minnesota, according to MnDOT statistics. 

This puts the state very close to the final tally of 2017, which was 358 deaths.

Despite the high number of fatalities, this actually represents a steady downward trend in fatal car accidents in Minnesota – as you can see from the MnDOT graphic below.

Partly to thank are statewide efforts to curb car crashes and drunk driving, which include the "Toward Zero Deaths" initiative. 

The program's goal is to reach 300 or fewer road fatalities by 2020. 

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