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Associated Press, Published May 03 2010

Two northwest MN men die in Wisconsin crash

DRUMMOND, Wis. — Two northwest Minnesota men have died after their truck crashed into a tree in northern Wisconsin.

The Bayfield County sheriff's department has identified the men as 22-year-old driver Coty A. Gustafson of Mentor, Minn., and 29-year-old passenger David W. Kurtz of Climax, Minn.

The Daily Press of Ashland says the accident was reported Saturday about 1 a.m. in the Town of Drummond.

The crash is still being investigated, but deputies believe the driver was distracted after a picnic table in the bed of the truck flew out. Authorities say Gustafson apparently lost control and slammed into a tree.

Gustafson was pinned in the vehicle. Kurtz was ejected.

A toxicology report is pending.