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Published September 10, 2013, 09:58 AM

2 die in Minn. crash with farm implement

An Olivia, Minn., couple has died as a result of injuries sustained Sept. 8 when their vehicle struck an unoccupied farm implement along U.S. Highway 71 south of Olivia.

By: Forum News Service ,

OLIVIA, Minn. — An Olivia, Minn., couple has died as a result of injuries sustained Sept. 8 when their vehicle struck an unoccupied farm implement along U.S. Highway 71 south of Olivia.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the front seat passenger of the 2005 Buick, Carla R. Kopel, 74, died at the scene. The driver, Thomas J. Kopel, 76, was flown by air ambulance to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale before he died of his injuries.

According to the Patrol, the farm implement was stopped along the northbound shoulder and extended about 2 feet onto the lane of traffic. The car was northbound and struck the implement, which was not specified by the report, from behind. The crash was reported around 8:40 p.m. Sept. 8.

One of the rear seat passengers, Allie Cook Jr., 54, of Cottage Grove, Minn., was taken to the Olivia Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Another passenger seated in the rear seat, Theresa Cook, 53, of Cottage Grove, was not injured.

Olivia is roughly 30 miles south of Willmar in west-central Minnesota.

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