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State Patrol identifies man killed after pickup runs off I-35 and into a Steele County river

When emergency crews arrived, the pickup truck was completely under the water.

Posted: Mar. 25, 2019 2:30 PM
Updated: Mar. 26, 2019 7:07 AM

SOMERSET TOWNSHIP, Minn. – Ray Mudgett, 71, of New Richland, died after a one-vehicle crash on Interstate-35 in Steele County.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a Toyota Tundra was driving south near the Straight River Rest Area when it left the highway, broke through the guardrail, and went into the Straight River. When emergency crews arrived, the pickup truck was completely under the water. 

The crash happened Monday afternoon. 

The Steele County Sheriff’s Office, Owatonna Fire Department, Minnesota DNR, and Rice County Dive Team all assisted at the scene.

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