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Clay County Sheriff: Glyndon man who died in crash had been drinking

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Autopsy results show a Glyndon man who died last month after the van he was driving went off the end of a T-intersection and crashed into a deep drainage ditch had a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit for driving, Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said.

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Thomas William Grover, 40, was driving a Nardini Fire Equipment Co. van when the crash occurred. A trucker spotted the van in the ditch south of County Road 26 at County Road 11 and reported it to law enforcement about 5:30 a.m. Aug. 19.

Grover was pronounced dead at the scene.

Autopsy results show Grover had a blood-alcohol content of 0.18, Bergquist said. The legal limit for driving in Minnesota is 0.08.

It's unknown why Grover went through the intersection, Bergquist said, adding he may have fallen asleep.

There are rumble strips and "stop ahead" signs approaching the intersection, as well as stop signs on both sides of County Road 11, a flashing red light hanging over the middle of the intersection and a yellow T-intersection sign with black arrows pointing east and west to warn approaching drivers.

The van was discovered in the ditch exactly one year after a fatal motorcycle accident at the same intersection.

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