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Patrol: Teen triggers head-on fatal crash


HAYFIELD, Minn. – One man is dead and a teen hospitalized after a head-on crash in southeast Minnesota early Tuesday.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a 19-year-old man driving a 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup was northbound on Highway 56 near Hayfield just after 5:30 a.m. when he attempted to pass another vehicle and struck a southbound Ford Focus head-on. The 66-year-old driver of the Ford, a man from Dodge Center, was dead on the scene. The driver of the pickup was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester with serious injuries.

Both men were wearing seatbelts, and airbags deployed in each vehicle. Investigators on the scene believe alcohol was not involved in the incident. At this point it is unclear if charges will be filed against the surviving driver.

Highway 56 remained closed for several hours while the crash was reconstructed and cleaned up.

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