Semi driver dies in west-central Minnesota crash

An Ortonville truck driver died in a single-vehicle crash in Swift County on Saturday evening, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

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APPLETON, Minn. — A semi driver from Ortonville, Minnesota, was killed Saturday evening in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 59 near Appleton.

Harry Lawrence Drinnin, 59, was reported deceased after being taken to the Appleton Area Health emergency room, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The crash occurred around 7:23 p.m. Saturday on Highway 59 near 120th Street Southwest. The 2006 Kenworth semitractor was headed southbound on the highway, when it left the roadway at the intersection, the State Patrol said.

Drinnin was wearing his seat belt and road conditions were reported dry at the time. Alcohol was not a factor.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

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