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Barnesville man killed in crash

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Detroit Lakes, 56501

Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

A Barnesville man was killed Saturday in a northern Becker County crash involving a single snowmobile, according to the Becker County Sheriff's Department.

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Jamie Michael Thompson, 32, was riding with friends on Rat Lake Trail, about 30 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes when he lost control of his sled and struck a embankment at the intersection of South Tulaby Lake Road, according to the investigating officer, Deputy Luke Sweere.

"He ended up hitting a dirt embankment at the T intersection," Sweere said. Though the exact cause of the accident remains under investigation, he added, preliminary findings indicate alcohol was a factor.

"We know alcohol was involved -- we just don't know to what extent," Sweere said. "We're waiting for the lab results from the state (to determine whether the victim was legally intoxicated)." Those lab results could take a couple of weeks to arrive, he added.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 6 p.m. The White Earth Tribal Police Department is assisting the sheriff's department with the investigation, Sweere noted.

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