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Man dies, van crashes
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A 51-year-old Cassville man died while driving in Cassville early Monday morning.

Patrick Ploessl was declared dead at the scene where his minivan crashed in the 700 block of Denniston Street in Cassville around 12:30 a.m.

Ploessl’s van ended up in the ditch in front of a house on Denniston Street. The Cassville fire and EMS departments were called to the scene.

The coroner’s office determined that Ploessl died before the crash because of medical issues, according to the sheriff’s department.