March 26, 2019 03:12 AM
(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of the man who died, after his car went into the Straight River near Owatonna Monday afternoon.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 71-year-old Ray Eldon Mudgett was traveling southbound on Interstate 35, when his vehicle left the road and broke through the guardrail. The vehicle then went into the Straight River and was completely submerged when first responders arrived.
His body was recovered after hours of searching. The crash is still under investigation.
(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota State Patrol said a body was recovered from the Straight River near Owatonna, Monday.
Authorities said the pickup truck went into the river just before 1 p.m., Monday after it went through a guardrail on Interstate 35.
Emergency crews spent hours searching the water which was made more dangerous due to how fast the river was moving as well as how high the water was.
The Minnesota State Patrol said the body of a 71-year-old man from New Richland, MN was recovered from the Straight River.
The Minnesota State Patrol is expected to release more information Tuesday morning.
Several law enforcement agencies are searching the Straight River south of Owatonna after a vehicle crashed into the water Monday.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash happened on southbound I-35 near Owatonna in Steele County. The roadway has been reduced to one lane and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is asking drivers to consider alternate routes.
The State Patrol said the vehicle has been located but no individuals have been found at this time.
Witnesses tell ABC 6 News that authorities are out in canoes and a dive team is also at the scene.
No other information is available at this time.
Updated: March 26, 2019 03:12 AM
Created: March 25, 2019 04:21 PM
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