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Man dies after crash in Northwest Rochester

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A 66-year-old Rochester man on Monday died after a one-vehicle accident in which the vehicle grazed a tree before colliding with a utility pole, according to Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin.

Police were called to the scene at 41st Avenue Northwest near 16th Avenue, where they found Rodney Rustan unresponsive and without a pulse. First responders were able to get his pulse back, and transported him to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Mary, where he later died, Sherwin said.

First responders assumed it was a medical issue, rather than the road conditions, said Sherwin. An autopsy report will likely be released today.

Throughout Rochester, law enforcement responded to two other accidents with injuries, 21 accidents without injuries and at least six traffic assists, according to Sherwin.

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office responded to nine traffic assists, seven reports of property damage accidents and no accidents with injuries, according to Sheriff's Capt. Scott Behrns.

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