State Patrol: Alcohol involved in deadly crash in NW MN

The crash happened just before 11:30 p.m. Dec. 21.
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Alcohol is believed to have played a role in a fatal crash in northwest Minnesota late Saturday night. 

The Minnesota State Patrol reports that the two-vehicle crash happened around 11:25 p.m. on Hwy. 1 in Clover Leaf Township, located in Pennington County east of Thief River Falls. 

The driver of a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling north on Country Road 22 when it failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of 250th Ave. and Hwy. 1. When the Cherokee went through the intersection it collided with a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse. 

The contact forced the Traverse, which was occupied by a 31-year-old woman and a 9-year-old boy, into the north ditch. Both suffered minor injuries and were transported to a hospital in Thief River Falls for treatment. 

Driving the Cherokee was 58-year-old Gary I. Austed, of Lake Bronson, Minnesota. Austed died at the scene. 

The State Patrol notes that Austed was not wearing a seat belt and alcohol was detected on him. 

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