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Litchfield man dies after vehicle plunges into King Lake

WILLMAR -- A car and driver were found in King Lake north of Willmar early this morning.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office received a call shortly before 2 a.m. of a vehicle in the water on 60th Avenue Northeast, east of North First Street in Dovre Township. The car, a 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora, was found submerged upside down in the lake. The vehicle had apparently been westbound on 60th Avenue.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office identified him as Ronald Lawrence Rieck, 40, of Litchfield.

After rescue attempts, authorities determined Litchfield had died from injuries sustained in the crash, the sheriff's department said.

The sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by its water safety patrol, the Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, the Willmar Ambulance Service, Spicer Fire Department and Spicer First Responders.

The accident is under investigation by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.