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Associated Press, Published May 13 2013

Driver of semi in Murdock, Minn., collision with train has died

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The driver of a semi that collided with a freight train in western Minnesota last week has died.

St. Cloud Hospital spokeswoman Jeanine Nistler says Eric Westin, of Pine City, died early Monday morning. Westin was hauling a load of anhydrous ammonia when his tanker was hit by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near Murdock in Swift County last Tuesday. The train's engine pushed the semi off the road and caused a rupture and leak which led to a temporary evacuation of the area.

Three train crew members were injured, treated at a hospital and released.


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