Man killed in crash east of Gordonsville

Published 10:59 am Monday, September 11, 2017


A helicopter was flown in to the crash Monday morning east of Gordonsville. — Sam Wilmes/Albert Lea Tribune

GORDONSVILLE — A Clarks Grove man was killed Monday morning east of Gordonsville after a Thompson Sanitation truck crashed.

Roger Malone Thompson, 69, died at the scene.

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He was driving the truck east on 110th Street when it struck a field approach, crashing into the south ditch, west of the intersection with 840th Avenue, according to the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash was reported at 8:18 a.m. The person who reported the crash said the truck was on fire and Thompson was trapped inside.

The person reportedly went to a nearby farm and obtained a fire extinguisher and put out  the fire.

How Thompson died has not been released. An autopsy is expected to be completed.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Myrtle and Glenville fire departments, Gold Cross Ambulance and Mayo One helicopter assisted on scene.

Thompson was the former owner of Thompson Sanitation, before selling it to his son in 1995.


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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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