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Dent man and dog drown after truck crashes into slough

A Dent man and his dog drowned Saturday after the vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a slough near Underwood.

Paul Whitman, 35, was traveling north on 310th Avenue, near 240th Street when his 1998 GMC Sonoma pickup truck veered off the road and landed in a slough, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies discovered the man and his pet around 12:40 a.m. on April 30. Whitman was transported by Ringdahl Ambulance to Lake Region Hospital in Fergus Falls, where he died.

The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor, according to the sheriff's office.