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Truck driver killed in crash on County Road 46

This semi trailer crashed along County Road 46 just west of Goodwin Avenue Thursday afternoon. Star Gazette photo by Chad Richardson

A 38-year-old Oklahoma man, Franklin Duane Conley, died in a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Dakota County Road 46, west of Goodwin Avenue.

According to the Dakota County Sheriff's office, Conley, driving a semi trailer was eastbound, drove off the roadway into the ditch, and hit some power wires. A small grass fire resulted.

Hastings Fire and Ambulance responded to the scene.

Conley was pronounced dead at the scene.

A portion of County Road 46 near Goodwin Ave. was closed for traffic in both directions Thursday following the crash.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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