Minor injuries reported in crash involving two vehicles pulling boat trailers near Appleton, Minnesota

The Swift County Sheriff's Office said in a release Monday that only minor injuries were reported after a crash Wednesday, Aug. 17, involving two vehicles, both towing fishing boats, north of Appleton. According to the release, all parties were examined on-scene by emergency medical services personnel and released without transport.

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BENSON — The Swift County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that only minor injuries were reported when two vehicles, both towing fishing boats, crashed north of Appleton.

All parties were checked by emergency medical services personnel on scene and released without transport after the crash reported at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 12 and Minnesota Highway 119 in Appleton Township.

According to the news release issued Monday, Brent Pauls, 39, of Kimball, was traveling west on Highway 12 with his wife, Jillian, and two children ages 5 and 1.

A vehicle driven by Brian Krutchek, 39, of Hazel Run — with passenger Jody Rokusek, 54, of Boyd — was stopped at the intersection on Highway 119.

Accoding to the news release, when Krutchek attempted to cross Highway 12, the Pauls' vehicle struck the side of the boat he was pulling.


Assisting at the scene were the Benson Police Department, Appleton Ambulance and the Appleton Fire Department.

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

Dale can be reached at or by phone 320-214-4368.
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