POLK COUNTY -- Harvey Richter, of rural Cumberland, and Geraldine Swanson, of rural Turtle Lake, have been identified as the victims in the double-fatal crash in Polk County, according to an updated press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

(Press Release) -- During the investigation of this crash, it was learned that 67 year old Geraldine Swanson or rural Turtle Lake, WI was driving 2002 Jeep Cherokee, east bound on US Highway 8. While traveling, her vehicle crossed left of the center line.  There were no passengers in the Jeep at the time of the crash.

At that time 69 year old Harvey Richter of rural Cumberland, WI, was traveling westbound in a 2007 Chevrolet Impala.    The vehicles, again, then struck head on with damage extending from mid to driver’s side left of both vehicles.  There were no passengers in the Impala at the time of the crash as well.

Further assistance with this crash will be from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka Minnesota.

The official crash report has listed the location of the crash as 1184 feet east of 15th St. on US HWY 8.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be continuing the investigation into the cause or contributing factors of the crash. 


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Two Vehicle, Double Fatal Crash In Polk County

DrydenWire.com l Monday, April 22, 2019

POLK COUNTY -- Two people have died following a two-vehicle crash in Polk County this morning, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

(Press Release) -- On 04/22/2019 at 0529 hours, the Polk County County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call reporting a 2 vehicle, head on crash on US Highway 8 approximately one half mile east of 15th Street, in Beaver Township.  

As more reports came in, information was obtained that at least one person involved in the crash had no pulse.  Upon arrival of first responders and fire personnel, it was found that both drivers of the vehicles had sustained fatal injuries.  The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office was contacted and did report to the scene.  

Based on preliminary investigation, it appears that one vehicle was traveling east bound on US Highway 8.  It appears that the vehicle crossed left of center and into the left traffic lane for the westbound traffic.  The vehicle met the westbound vehicle and they collided front left to front left of both vehicle.  The vehicle travelled a very short distance post impact.

At the time of the collision, it was raining.

Assisting the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at the crash scene were the Turtle Lake Fire and First Responders, the Turtle Lake Police Department, the Cumberland Area Ambulance Service, and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office.  

This crash remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Future updates will be released when notification has been confirmed.


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