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Cokato, MN (KROC AM News)  - A central Minnesota man was killed early Wednesday after being hit by a semi-truck.

The State Patrol says the truck was on a rural road in Wright County near Cokato around 2:30 am when the driver saw the man “standing in the lane directly in the lane of the vehicle.”

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The State Patrol says the driver “braked and attempted to take evasive maneuver” but was unsuccessful.

The pedestrian was identified as 34-year-old Jacob Merges of Cokato. He died at the scene.

The truck was driven by 56-year-old Gregory Nelson of Dassel.

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