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Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office urges drivers to stay focused on roads during winter weather

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office in a statement Wednesday urged motorists to slow down when driving in inclement weather. The Sheriff's Office responded to several crashes Tuesday and Wednesday due to weather conditions, according to a news release. One crash included a tipped-over garbage truck that resulted in the driver being transported to the hospital for undisclosed injuries.

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WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging drivers to watch for slick spots and drive carefully when out and about on snow-covered roads.

The Sheriff's Office responded to multiple crash reports both Tuesday and Wednesday due to weather conditions, including a garbage truck that had tipped on its side.

At approximately 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 24000 block of Kandiyohi County Road 5 Northwest in New London for a vehicle crash with injuries.

Sheriff’s deputies were told that a garbage truck had tipped over and the driver of the vehicle was injured, according to the news release from Deputy Riley Kampsen.

The driver of the garbage truck was transported by New London Ambulance to CentraCare — Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for treatment of his injuries. The driver’s injuries were not described in the news release.

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The New London Fire Department, Lakes Area Responders, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad and CentraCare Emergency Medical Services also assisted at the scene of that crash.

Another crash with an injury was reported at 8:22 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of 105th Street and 105th Avenue Southwest, east of Raymond. A sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene and found a black SUV rolled over on the driver's side. Both occupants of the vehicle were out of the vehicle, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The driver of the SUV was traveling south on 105th Street Southwest. After he passed the bridge, he began braking to avoid hitting other vehicles on the road, according to the incident report. He lost control of the SUV and went into the ditch, where the vehicle rolled and came to a stop 50 feet into a field.

The 17-year-old driver had an injury to his hand and was checked out by Emergency Medical Services.

A 14-year-old juvenile passenger was also checked by EMS and had no apparent injuries.

Neither of the vehicle occupants were transported to a hospital, according to the incident report.

The Raymond Fire Department, Raymond Ambulance, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad and CentraCare EMS also assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene, according to the news release.

While responding to the scene, the Sheriff’s Office also found an unoccupied vehicle in a ditch near the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and 75th Street Southwest in Edwards Township. That vehicle was eventually towed.

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Three other crashes were reported between 7:41 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. None of those incidents had any reported injuries, according to the release.

A two-vehicle crash was reported at 7:07 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and 113th Avenue Northeast in Green Lake Township. Minor damage was reported for both vehicles, but no injuries were reported.

In the news release, the Sheriff’s Office urged motorists to drive slowly, turn headlights on, and keep their focus on the road when driving in inclement weather during this coming winter season.

Dale Morin is a reporter with the West Central Tribune. He covers public safety and breaking news beats.

Dale can be reached at dmorin@wctrib.com or by phone 320-214-4368.
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