Oakdale man, 26, killed in two-car collision near Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A 26-year-old Oakdale man was killed Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 71 south of Bemidji in Guthrie Township.

According to a Minnesota State Patrol report, a 2002 Subaru driven by Michelle Farlee, 23, of Park Rapids, was northbound on Highway 71 at 8:22 a.m. when it lost control and crossed the centerline. The Subaru was then struck broadside by a 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by Roger Proulx, 67, of Bemidji, who was southbound near the intersection of Highway 71 and Hubbard County Road 118.

The fatally injured victim, Eric Tyler Follensbee, was a passenger in the Subaru.

Follensbee, Farlee and Proulx were all wearing seat belts, and were taken to Sanford Bemidji Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening, the report said.

Road conditions at the time of the collision were described as wet by the State Patrol, which is investigating.


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