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State Patrol: 2 fatal crashes in Minnesota on Sunday

The crashes happened in Aitkin and Dodge counties.

Two fatal crashes were reported by the Minnesota State Patrol on Sunday, one in central Minnesota and the other in the southeastern corner of the state. 

At 7:20 a.m., the State Patrol reports that the driver of a 1996 Mazda pickup was traveling east on Hwy. 210 in McGregor Township when he left the roadway, hit a guard rail and rolled into the ditch. 

The driver, Raymond Lawrence Nelson, 53, of Tamarack, Minnesota, died at the scene. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash. 

The second fatal crash reported by the State Patrol happened around 11:20 a.m. in Mantorville Township. According the the crash filing, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Hwy. 57 and County Road 16. 

The driver of a 2014 Honda Accord, identified as 58-year-old Mark D. Johnson, of Owatonna, was eastbound on County Road 16. A driver and two passengers in a 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche were eastbound on Hwy. 57 at the time of the collision. 

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene while the three people in the Chevy – all from Hayfield, Minnesota – were transported to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, all of them having sustained injuries that are not life-threatening. 

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