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A law enforcement official surveyed the scene of a snowmobile crash that took place Friday around 8 p.m. on the Central Lakes Trail near Liberty Road east of Alexandria. An off-duty Alexandria police officer, Patrick Callaghan, died as a result of the crash. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)
A law enforcement official surveyed the scene of a snowmobile crash that took place Friday around 8 p.m. on the Central Lakes Trail near Liberty Road east of Alexandria. An off-duty Alexandria police officer, Patrick Callaghan, died as a result of the crash. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

Off-duty officer killed in snowmobile accident in Alexandria

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

ALEXANDRIA -- An off-duty Alexandria police officer, Patrick Callaghan, was killed in a snowmobile crash Friday evening.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and North Ambulance were called to the scene of a two-snowmobile crash on the Central Lakes Trail near Liberty Road east of Alexandria at about 8:10 p.m. last night, according to the sheriff's office.

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Upon arrival, deputies found two male victims injured -Callaghan, 31, of Alexandria and Mark Ruder, 25, of Glencoe.

Both victims were transported to Douglas County Hospital and later airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).

Callaghan died at HCMC. Ruder's condition is unknown at this time.

The accident is under investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota State Patrol.

Callaghan was hired in November of 2007. His family has a rich history of law enforcement service going back to his great-great grandfather. He is the son of Jeff and Deb Callaghan. Jeff is a former Douglas County sheriff's chief deputy.

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