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Truck driver dies 6 days after crash with train

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The 45-year-old driver of a semi truck that was hit by a freight train in west-central Minnesota last week has died, the Star Tribune reports.

Driver Eric Westin, of Pine City, Minn., died at St. Cloud Hospital, the newspaper reports. Hospital spokeswoman Jeanine Nistler said Westin died early Monday morning, MPR reported, but his cause of death and the nature of his injuries have not been disclosed.

Westin's truck, hauling anhydrous ammonia, was hit just northwest of Murdock, Minn., roughly 110 miles west of the Twin Cities. The truck released toxic gas into the atmosphere, prompting a nearby elementary school to evacuate, as well as the two-day closure of Highway 12. Four other people received medical treatment. Anhydrous ammonia is an ingredient in crop fertilizer.

The exact cause of the crash has not been reported.

The 102-car BNSF freight train was hauling crude oil from North Dakota to Missouri, but the train did not derail and its load was not affected.

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