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Icy road causes pickup to swerve, killing oncoming driver

More than 300 people have now died on Minnesota roads this year.
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A Minnesota man in his 70s was killed when the driver of an oncoming pickup truck swerved in icy conditions and hit him head on.

A 22-year-old woman from Henning was driving south on Highway 29 in Ottertail County just after 8 a.m. Wednesday when she lost control of her Ford truck and drifted into the northbound lane.

Coming in the other direction was another Ford truck driven by 71-year-old Kenneth Dunker, also of Henning, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The vehicles met head-on, with Dunker suffering fatal injuries in the crash.

Sitting in the front passenger seat was his wife, Beverley, 74, who was air lifted to Sanford Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Neither of them was wearing a seatbelt.

The 22-year-old woman, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered minor injuries.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has a series of tips for safe winter driving, including maintaining a safe speeds based on the road conditions and wearing your seatbelt.

If you enter into a skid, the DPS advises drivers to remain calm, take your foot off the gas and turn the wheel in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.

Traffic deaths pass 300

Minnesota reached an unwanted milestone recently with the Office of Traffic Safety confirming more than 300 people have died on state roads this year.

Some 306 people have lost their lives in traffic incidents in 2017, though this is fewer than the 326 who had died by the same time in 2016

The Associated Press notes that of those 306 people, 201 were in cars/trucks, 52 were motorcyclists, 33 were pedestrians and five were bikers. Fifteen died in "other" vehicles.

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