The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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September 14, 2013

Le Sueur truck driver who died in crash IDed

GOLDEN VALLEY — A truck driver who died after a fiery crash in a western Minneapolis suburb has been identified as a 64-year-old LeSeuer man.

The Hennepin County medical examiner's office said Joseph Walter Johnson died from smoke inhalation and burns. His death Friday was classified as an accident.

Authorities said Johnson's dump truck collided with a minivan at a busy Golden Valley intersection. The truck then toppled a signal light post and burst into flames.

State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said police officers and bystanders were unable to rescue Johnson because the door was jammed.

Roeske said the van was turning left against a red turn arrow. Johnson swerved but couldn't avoid the van.

The van driver was in serious but stable condition.

The Associated Press

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