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Published July 07, 2012, 12:39 AM

Grygla, MN, Man Dies in Crash

A Grygla, Minn., died Thursday afternoon in a traffic accident near the intersection of Minn. Highway 32 and East Greenwood Street, according the KTRF radio.

By: Forum Communications,

A Grygla, Minn., died Thursday afternoon in a traffic accident near the intersection of Minn. Highway 32 and East Greenwood Street, according the KTRF radio.

Wayne Konickson, 68, was the passenger in a Chrysler van heading north on the highway and driven by his wife Marie, 72, according to Thief River Falls Police Chief Kim Murphy.

Murphy told the station it appears Marie Konickson may have fallen asleep and the van crossed the center line, where it struck a southbound Northwest Beverage truck, driven by Steven Kloety, 39, Thief River Falls.

Murphy said Kloety braked and pulled to the right, but the van struck the rear driver’s side of the truck.

Both Konicksons were wearing seatbelts.

Marie Konickson was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls with serious injuries.

Kloety was treated and released on the scene.

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