Driver’s body pulled from submerged truck in Steele County

The body of a New Richland man has been recovered from his submerged pickup truck in the Straight River.

The Minnesota State Patrol says the 71-year-old man was the sole occupant of the pickup that veered off Interstate 35 in Steele County, crashed through a guardrail and into the river Monday.

The patrol says the crash happened near a rest area south of Owatonna. The pickup was underwater when first responders arrived shortly before 1 p.m.

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