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Long Prairie woman dies in U.S. Highway 71 crash

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A 39-year-old Long Prairie woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 71 South in Wadena Valentine's Day morning.

Patricia Lynn McNaughton was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries she sustained after losing control of her 1993 Pontiac Grand Am, according to the Wadena Police Department. McNaughton was traveling north when she crossed the center line and veered into the path of 49-year-old Bruce William Gustafson's southbound 2002 Sterling Tandem Axle truck. Gustafson, of Henderson, Minn., was not injured in the accident, according to the press release. Officers located the two vehicles in the southbound ditch of Highway 71 after receiving an accident report at approximately 8:05 a.m.

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The Wadena Police Department, the Wadena County Sheriff's Department and the Minnesota State Patrol participated in the investigation.

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