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Investigators were attempting to learn what led to a fiery crash that left a man dead Thursday, May 22, near the Woodbury-Newport border. (Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker)

Cottage Grove man dead after fiery crash

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A Cottage Grove man died after his car left the road, crashed into a tree and caught fire Thursday near the Woodbury-Newport border.

Family members confirmed the driver, 58-year-old Charles Lake, was pronounced dead at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Lake was taken by ambulance to Regions after being freed from the burning car by a passer-by. Woodbury police said the driver was unconscious on the scene.

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