California man dies in Eureka Township crash

A 31-year-old California man died when the vehicle he was driving collided head-on with a pickup truck at about 6:28 a.m. Tuesday, April 30,  in Eureka Township.

The crash that killed Atahan Atay occurred on County Road 86 (280th Street) west of Iberia Avenue when Atay’s Chevrolet Impala collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Alan Dale Benson, 51, of New Market.

Atay was pronounced dead at the scene.

Benson was transported by air ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with non-life threatening injuries. The drivers were the only occupants of the vehicles.

The accident remains under investigation by the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol.

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