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Crash claims lives of two

WILMONT -- Two people died Monday morning after a head-on collision between two vehicles east of Wilmont on Nobles County 25.

Earl Graf, 67, of Wilmont, who was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Margaret Cooper, 93, of Worthington, was transported to Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington (SRHW), where she died a short time later.

The second vehicle, a 2005 Ford Freestyle, was driven by Robert Carstensen, 33, of Wilmont. Carstensen was also transported to SRHW, where he was treated for injuries and later released.

Authorities and rescue personnel were dispatched at approximately 8:05 a.m. to the scene near the intersection of Nobles County 25 and 170th Street. According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, weather and road conditions were a factor in the crash.

"It was slippery, slushy and snow-packed," Wilkening said. "One just lost control and went into the path of the other."