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Associated Press, Published October 31 2010

Unbuckled former Minnesota state trooper killed in crash

LONGVILLE, Minn. – A former Minnesota state trooper has been killed in a one-vehicle crash in northern Minnesota. He was not wearing a seat belt.

State Patrol Lt. Erik Roeske tells KMSP-TV that Timothy J. Murphy’s vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree near Longville in Cass County on Friday.

Murphy spent 26 years with the patrol, including time as an accident reconstructionist, before retiring in 2008. Murphy was from Longville.

Murphy’s pickup truck was headed south on Highway 84 when he lost control of the vehicle on a curve and struck the tree.

Roeske says the accident shows that no one is immune to the dangers of driving without a seat belt.