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Weather factored into Hawley slough crash that killed Detroit Lakes man

Tyler McCloskey's body was found floating in a slough in the 1800 block of 225th Street North, a gravel road in rural Hawley.

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HAWLEY, Minn. — Wet and slushy road conditions apparently played a role in a fatal crash that sent a driver and his vehicle into a rural Hawley slough, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators determined the crash occurred at about noon Wednesday, April 20.

"We are still investigating to determine the speed of the vehicle at the time of the crash," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

The driver was Tyler McCloskey, 27, of Detroit Lakes , the sheriff's office said.

His body was found floating in a slough in the 1800 block of 225th Street North, a gravel road in rural Hawley.


About 4 p.m. Wednesday, after a recent snowfall, Hawley police received a report of something suspicious floating in a slough.

When sheriff's deputies arrived, they entered the slough and confirmed it was a deceased person.

They also noticed vehicle tracks entering into the ditch, along with small trees and branches knocked over. Police found vehicle parts in the area and saw what appeared to be vehicle tire rims under the water, about 50 yards into the slough.

The Valley Water Rescue team entered the water and confirmed it was a vehicle. A tow truck recovered the vehicle.

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