Staples man killed in Highway 64 crash

A Staples man was killed in a semi-truck crash yesterday afternoon on Highway 64.

According to the state patrol, one semi was eastbound on County Road 23 when it failed to yield at the stop sign on 64, striking a southbound semi on the highway.

The report says the 75-year-old victim, Durlin Astle, was not wearing a seat belt.

The driver of the other semi, 47-year-old Paul Hartnett of St. Louis Park, was uninjured.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Pequot Fire Department and North Ambulance assisted at the scene.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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