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Florida man killed in northeast Minnesota crash

An 87-year-old man from Florida was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Solway Township Wednesday morning.

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DULUTH — An 87-year-old man from Florida was killed in a three-vehicle crash Wednesday morning east of Duluth, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

Wayne Gene Ward of Madeira Beach, Florida, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Midwest Medical Examiner. The crash occurred at the intersection of Canosia Road and Highway 194 in Solway Township.

According to the report, around 11 a.m., a white Toyota RAV-4 driven by Thomas Paul Jugasek, 75, of Saginaw, Minnesota, was waiting to turn southbound onto Canosia Road from Highway 194. A silver Subaru driven by Ethan Asbjorn Neidviecky, 24, of Hermantown, Minnesota, couldn't stop in time behind the RAV-4 and swerved into oncoming traffic. While swerving, the Subaru hit the left rear of the Toyota RAV-4.

The Subaru overturned into the eastbound lanes of traffic, striking the top and driver's side front of a Cadillac DeVille driven by Ward. The Cadillac came to rest in the south ditch of Highway 194. The silver Subaru landed on its roof and the Toyota was pushed to the shoulder of the westbound side.

All of the drivers were reported to have been wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash and no alcohol was involved.

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