ROUND PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP -- Slippery roads are believed to be a factor in a fatal crash near Long Prairie Wednesday morning. It happened on Highway 71 just after 6:00 a.m.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a car was heading north on Highway 71 near Highway 27 when the driver lost control and slid into the southbound lane. The car then collided with a southbound pickup.

The driver of the car, 70-year-old Richard Kleinschmidt of Sauk Centre, died at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, 30-year-old Aaron Thomas of Long Prairie, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The patrol says the roads were snow and ice-covered at the time of the crash.

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