Man dies after veering into oncoming traffic in Wilkin County

A man from Whitehall, Montana, was killed after a crash on Highway 9 in Wilkin County on New Year's Eve. The Minnesota State Patrol reports the 69-year-old man was driving south in a Chevy pickup at 6:41 p.m. Dec. 31 when he veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into a Buick Enclave carrying five people.

The driver of the pickup, whose identity has not yet been released, died at the scene.

The five in the Buick were all taken to CHI St. Francis Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They have been identified as driver Carolyn Joyce Holecek, 58, of Fergus Falls, Minnesota; and passengers Eric Michael Francis, 34, Thief River Falls, Minnesota; Julie Marie Francis, 30, Thief River Falls; a 4-year-old child from Thief River Falls; and David William Holecek, 61, Thief River Falls.

The state patrol reports the man was not wearing a seatbelt.

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