Reading man dies in fatal crash

SANBORN – A Reading man died Thursday in Cottonwood County after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 71 south of Sanborn. Ryan John Klenken, age 37, was fatally injured after his 2005 Chevrolet Silverado read-ended a dump truck.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Jeffrey Shaner, age 64, of Sanborn, driving a 2008 pickup, was stopped in the northbound lanes of the road near County Road 41 shortly before noon, and the dump truck, driven by 56-year-old Greg Boettger of Springfield was stopped behind Shaner.

Klenken’s truck was also northbound and rear-ended the dump truck, which then rear-ended Shaner’s truck.

Klenken was pronounced dead at the scene. Shaner and Boettger were taken to the Windom Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The state troopers were assisted at the scene by Cottonwood County Sanborn and Jeffers Fire/EMS, and the Westbrook and Windom police departments.

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