A two vehicle crash Monday morning on Highway 8 killed both drivers.

April 22, at 5:29 a.m. the Polk County County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call reporting a two 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 reported to the scene.  

Based on preliminary investigation it appears that a Jeep Cherokee driven by Geraldine Swanson, 67 of rural Turtle Lake, was eastbound 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, driven by Harvey Richter, 69 of Cumberland, and they collided front left to front left of both vehicles. The vehicles 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.

Updates will be released when notification has been confirmed.

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