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Friday, June 10, 2022

Single Vehicle Personal Injury Accident 6-5-22

On June 5, 2022 at around 4:50am, the DCSO responded to a single vehicle personal injury accident in the 2500 block of Highway 9/71.

Joseph Applegate (43), of Estherville, was driving a 2007 GMC Yukon eastbound on Highway 9/71 when he fell asleep behind the wheel.  The vehicle entered the south ditch striking the Wheatley Plumbing & Heating sign, a tree, and came to rest in a grove.

Applegate was suspected of sustaining minor or non-incapacitating injuries.  The vehicle was considered a total loss.

The DCSO was assisted by the Spirit Lake Police Department, Spirit Lake First Responders, Lakes Regional Healthcare Ambulance, and Boji Tow.