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David Jacob Miller, 17, of Staples, MN, was killed in a semi-truck collision Thursday morning, according to various news reports.
A 2011 Mack 600 semi-truck driven by Douglas Williams Calkins, 60, of Deerwood, struck Miller’s buggy from behind and ejected him with life-threatening injuries at about 7:19 a.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Miller was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, a suburb of Minneapolis. He died at the hospital.
Vehicles traveling west
The collision occurred on Highway 210 just east of the intersection with 211th Avenue in Bartlett Township, which is between Hewitt and Staples. The crash site is located about eight miles southwest of Staples.
Calkins was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Alcohol was ruled out as a contributing factor.
Second fatal crash in a year
Calkins also was involved in a fatal crash in the Brainerd area on Dec. 16, 2016. Calkins’ semi-truck struck a 1999 Honda Accord driven by Linda K. Marolt, 62, of Brainerd. Marolt’s Accord had drifted over the center line.
400 MN motorists perish yearly
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported that 411 motorists were killed on state roads in 2015, and an almost equivalent amount of motorist deaths occurred in 2016.
Traffic fatalities had dropped each year between 2007 and 2014, falling from 510 to 361. Those numbers then spiked in 2015.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports 321 traffic fatalities year-to-date have occurred as of Nov. 29 in 2017.