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Forum News Service, Published February 04 2013

Oversized load hits bridge and falls on car, killing driver in west-central Minnesota

MILAN, Minn. — A Granite Falls, Minn., man was killed early Monday morning when a truck carrying an oversized load struck an overhead railroad bridge, causing the load to smash into the man’s car.

George J. Piasecki, 61, was killed when the load came off a semitrailer on Minnesota Highway 7/U.S. Highway 59 north of Milan in west-central Minnesota, according to the State Patrol’s online report.

A 2012 Kenworth driven by Dennis R. Clark, 66, of Vernal, Utah, was southbound before 7 a.m. when the oversized load struck an overhead railroad bridge. The load landed on 2004 Toyota Camry being driven northbound by Piasecki.

Clark suffered no apparent injury.

The car was totaled, and the truck had moderate damage.

The accident led to the highway being closed all of Monday morning.