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Forum staff report, Published December 20 2011

Patrol identifies man killed in Monday crash near Rothsay, Minn.

ROTHSAY, Minn. – The Minnesota State Patrol has identified a man who died in a two-vehicle crash south of here Monday afternoon.

Carl Mergen, 56, of Dodge Center, was driving a 2010 Dodge Avenger that ran into the rear of a semitrailer at about 2:12 p.m., the patrol stated in a news release.

According to the accident report, the semi driven by 52-year-old Carl Rains of Little Falls was entering Interstate 94 from the shoulder, heading west. Rains was still accelerating when the semi was struck by the Dodge.

Rains’ semi was severely damaged in the accident, but he suffered no apparent injuries.