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Central Minn. man dies in head-on crash

Area police officers and firefighters respond to the scene of a fatal crash Thursday, Dec. 6, at the intersection of Wise Road and Sugarberry Creek in Brainerd. Steve Kohls / Forum News Service

BRAINERD, Minn. — A two-vehicle crash near Wise Road and Sugarberry Creek in Brainerd left one driver dead and the other driver injured.

The head-on collision occurred at about 4:20 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Crow Wing County. Neither vehicle had passengers, according to Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Sgt. DJ Downie.

One driver was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was treated for minor injuries at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd and released.

The deceased driver of the Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck was a 61-year-old man from Brainerd, but authorities have not released the names of those involved.

A 48-year-old Motley man was the driver of the other vehicle, which advertised for a local company and was pulling a trailer.

“We do know there was some medical history with the deceased, so it’s unknown if it was medically related at this time,” Downie said Thursday.

The Brainerd man’s body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Names will be released pending notification of the family, Downie said.

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