Minnesota couple dies from injuries following car crash

Published 9:56 am Thursday, March 12, 2015

HOUSTON — Authorities are investigating a fatal crash caused by a bale of hay that fell off a semitrailer in southeastern Minnesota.

Minnesota State Patrol says several large bales of hay toppled off the semi Saturday morning on Houston County Road 9 near the city of Houston. The State Patrol says one bale struck a pickup truck carrying a local couple, and caused the man to lose control of the vehicle.

The Star Tribune reports the pickup truck crashed into a ditch and caught fire. The driver and his wife were taken to a La Crosse, Wisconsin, hospital with serious injuries.

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The State Patrol says 52-year-old Teresa Erickson died Sunday, and 59-year-old Dale Erickson died Tuesday.

The semi’s driver wasn’t injured. He could face charges for not properly securing his load.