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U.S. Customs worker killed in Polk Co. crash

Christopher Bacon, 51, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee, was killed in a vehicle crash near Crookston, Minn. on June 7, 2018. Special to The Forum1 / 2
Scene of a deadly crash near Crookston, Minn. on June 7, 2018.2 / 2

CROOKSTON, MINN.—A man killed in a crash near Crookston, Minn., on Thursday, June 7 was an on-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee.

Christopher T. Bacon, 51, of Grand Forks, was operations manager in the Office of Intelligence Collection, according to an agency news release.

Bacon was a 22-year veteran of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and began his career in 1995 as a Border Patrol Agent.

He was stationed at the CBP Air and Marine National Air Security Operations Center in Grand Forks, according to the release.

"Our hearts go out to the family, friends and co-workers of Chris during this difficult time," said Dave Auwen, Great Lakes-Field Intelligence Group Field Director.

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, about six miles east of Crookston on U.S. Highway 2.

A westbound SUV driven by Bacon rear-ended a semi driven by 64-year-old Jerry Sherlock of Grand Forks, who was not injured, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and both drivers were wearing their seat belts, troopers said.

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash.

Bacon is survived by his wife and four children.