The State Patrol says snow and ice are partially to blame for a fatal crash that happened Wednesday morning in central Minnesota.
According to the crash report, a Ford Focus and a Dodge Ram collided around 6:10 a.m. on Hwy. 71 north of Hwy. 27 near Long Prairie in Todd County.
The driver of the Focus was northbound on Hwy. 71 and the Ram was southbound, with the driver of the Focus losing control on the slick roadway and colliding with the pickup in the southbound lane. Both vehicles came to a stop in the west ditch.
The driver of the Ford Focus, a 70-year-old Sauk Centre man, died at the scene. He has been identified as Richard William Kleinschmidt.
A 30-year-old Long Prairie man driving the Dodge was transported to a hospital with injuries that the State Patrol said were not life-threatening.