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UPDATE: Victim Identified in Sunday night crash in Rock County

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ROCK COUNTY (WKOW) -- Richard J. Ward, 73, has died after he crashed his pick-up truck Sunday night. He lived in Beloit. 

The sheriff's office says it happened at about 7:00 p.m. on W. State Highway 81 near S. Smythe School Road.  Authorities say Ward was driving a silver-colored Ford F150 went it crossed the road and went into the ditch.  The truck hit a driveway culvert which caused it to go airborne.

Investigators say Ward was pronounced dead at the scene. A preliminary autopsy confirmed he died as a result of injuries from the crash. Authorities say his death is still under investigation. 

Ward was not wearing a seat belt and he was trapped inside the truck, according to police.  First responders tried to save his life, but they were not able to.

The road was closed for more than four hours after the crash, but has since reopened.

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