Young Man Killed in Head-On Collision with Semi in Western Minnesota
The Minnesota State Patrol has released the identity of the young man who tragically lost his life in a head-on collision with a semi truck in western Minnesota. The fatal crash occurred in the early hours of Friday morning on Highway 59, just outside of Morris.
The victim has been identified as 22-year-old James Loren Gades from Starbuck, MN. Gades was driving a pick-up truck southbound on Highway 59 when his vehicle collided with the semi truck traveling in the opposite direction. The state crash report does not specify which vehicle entered the opposite traffic lane on the two-lane highway.
Sadly, Gades was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The truck driver, identified as 63-year-old Scott Leon Braam from Crystal, MN, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the report, both drivers were wearing seat belts and there was no alcohol involved in the deadly crash. The road conditions at the time of the collision were described as wet.
The investigation into the crash caused Highway 59 in Morris to be closed for approximately six hours on Friday morning.
This devastating incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safe driving practices and staying alert on the road. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of James Loren Gades during this difficult time.
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