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Reasons for death in accident not previous medical condition

A medical condition was not a factor in the death of Ruth Sorenson, whose car struck a pole near a northwest Rochester bank Tuesday morning.

Olmsted County Coroner Dr. Paul Belau said Sorenson, 82, died from blunt force chest injuries after hitting the steering wheel when her car crashed head-on into a pole. He said an autopsy was conducted and no underlying medical condition was found that would have triggered the accident.

The accident occurred about 11:25 a.m. Tuesday. Sorenson was in the drive-through lane at the Wells Fargo bank near Ninth Avenue and 37th Street Northwest. Witnesses told police that the car suddenly accelerated, went over a curb and crossed Ninth Avenue Northwest, hitting the pole. She was dead on arrival at Saint Marys Hospital.

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