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Park Rapids man dies in weekend accident

PARK RAPIDS - A 79-year-old Park Rapids man died in a two-vehicle traffic accident Saturday.

Thomas Murphy Smith died after being airlifted to Innovis Hospital in Fargo, according to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities said Smith was eastbound on County Road 15 about noon Saturday when he went through a stop sign and collided with a van that was on County Road 6.

The van's driver, 40-year-old Angela Kay Brumbaugh, of rural Menahga, did not require medical attention, according to a news release and Park Rapids hospital personnel.

Emergency responders extricated Smith from his Dodge Dakota pickup.

An autopsy will be performed on the victim at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office in St. Paul.

Sheriff Gary Mills said the accident is under investigation.