POLK COUNTY -- Authorities have released the names of the victims in from the two-vehicle crash in Polk County on Friday, July 31.
*Updated* Press Release
The victims in the crash on July 31st were identified as Frederick T. Gurtner 31 yoa male from rural Cumberland, WI area, who was operating the Red 2000 Jeep. Duane L. Fox a 76 yoa male out of Balsam Lake, WI was operating the Ford Ranger.
Multi-Vehicle Crash In Polk County Results In Two Fatalities
POLK COUNTY -- A two-vehicle crash in Polk County has resulted in the death of of both drivers, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
On Friday, July 31st, 2020 at 4:59 am, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call of a two vehicle, head on crash, on State Highway 48 to the East of County Road E at 60th Street.
Upon arrival, Law Enforcement found that a 2000 Red Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling westbound on State Highway 48 left of center, in the wrong lane of travel. A 2011 Ford Ranger was traveling eastbound on Hwy 48 in the proper lane of travel. The vehicles then struck, drivers side front to drivers side front, causing severe damage to both vehicle.
After the impact, the Jeep continued to travel to the west, coming to rest in the roadway. The Ford Ranger continued to the east, entering the ditch and overturning one time.
Both drivers sustained fatal injuries and passed away at the scene of the crash.
This is Polk County’s 9th and 10th fatalities from crashes this year.
Assisting the Polk County Sheriff’s Office with this crash were the Luck Fire/First Responders, the Northland Ambulance Service, the Cumberland Ambulance Service and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office.
This crash remains under investigation with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
The names of the individuals involved will be withheld at this time and released at a later date.