According to the the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) early in the morning of Thursday, June 9, a semi truck collided with a small pickup on Highway 95 at Sunrise Road in Chisago County near North Branch.
Authorities say the small pickup was southbound on Sunrise Road and went through a stop sign, colliding with the semi in the eastbound lanes of Minnesota Highway 95. Both vehicles caught fire following the collision.
The driver of the pickup, 37-year-old Nathan Austin of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin died in the crash. The driver of the semi, 26-year-old Andrew Kohnen of Buffalo, was not injured.
The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office, Lakes Regions EMS, the North Branch Police Department and MnDOT all assisted at the scene.