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July 29, 2011

Mankato teen killed in semi-van collision

MANKATO — A Mankato teen was killed when a semi and van collided head-on Friday morning on Highway 22, south of Mankato near Terrace View Golf Course.

Matthew P. Cherney, 16, was airlifted from the scene of the crash at about 7:50 a.m. The Minnesota State Patrol reported later that he died as a result of his injuries.

Clayton F. Sandmeyer, 67, of Mankato was driving a 1992 Mack semi pulling a trailer when the semi and a southbound 1999 Plymouth Voyager van Cherney was driving collided in the northbound lane of Highway 22. Sandmeyer suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Traffic was detoured much of the morning to Blue Earth County Road 90 while the accident scene was cleared.

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