ATHERTON TOWNSHIP — A Coon Valley man driving a pickup truck in western Minnesota failed to stop for a stop sign, authorities say, causing the death of two people from Moorhead, Minn.

A Ford F250 being driven by Justin James Helgeson, 26, was at the intersection of County Road 30 and Hwy. 9 in Wilkin County at about 11 a.m. Friday when he failed to stop for a stop sign, striking a Subaru Forester, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

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Margaret Mary O’Neill and Thomas Andrew Burton, both 62, were pronounced dead at the scene. Helgeson was transported to the hospital injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

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