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A city worker involved in a two-car crash last week while helping clear snow from the road has died.

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Tyler Lenort, an equipment manager and 15-year employee with the city of Bloomington, was in a stationary public works truck last Thursday along American Boulevard, performing snow removal, according to a news release.

An SUV rear-ended the truck, the release says. Lenort suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized – FOX 9 says on Saturday, he was taken off life support and died.

In the truck with Lenort was Equipment Operator Daryl Bittmann, who was also seriously injured in the incident. He is still in the hospital, the release says.

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According to a CaringBridge page set up for Lenort, he had just gotten into the work truck and was not buckled in yet when the crash occurred. He suffered a fractured back and head trauma, and remained in a coma with doctors expecting "a zero percent chance of meaningful recovery," the page says.

Preparations were made for organ donation.

In the news release, City Manager Jamie Verbrugge called Lenort a "dedicated city employee ... who will be greatly missed."

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Tyler’s family, friends and coworkers during this very difficult time," he continued.

He also said they're focused on Bittmann's recovery, calling him a "dedicated employee of more than 28 years.”

According to the release, Bloomington Police are investigating the crash, working with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. Police Chief Jeff Potts says they believe "alcohol and excessive speed" from the SUV's driver were factors.

That driver was also hospitalized.

MnDOT plow truck hit

A Minnesota Department of Transportation plow was hit Monday morning.

The State Patrol incident report says the plow had its warning lights activated and was treating the roadway on I-94 at County Road 39, near Monticello, around 8:15 a.m. when it was rear-ended by a van.

The MnDOT driver, 47-year-old Brad Vance from Buffalo, was not injured.

The driver of the van, 55-year-old Paul Boynton of Shorewood, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Alcohol was not detected. Road conditions were foggy at the time.

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