Several Crashes Resulted from Bad Blizzard Last Week

There were several crashes that occurred last Friday in Clay County by cause of the horrible wintery conditions.

Last Friday morning, December 23rd, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle accident that occurred in the 2800 Mile of HWY 71 South.

An investigation was launched determining that 18-year-old Jaxon Wolff of Estherville was traveling southbound when he collided with a 2016 Ford F-150, driven by 62-year-old Wayne Enderle (En-Der-Lee).

Wolff couldn’t see Enderle’s vehicle due to blizzardy conditions. Enderle’s vehicle took $2,500 in damages, while Wolff’s is considered a total loss at $6,000. No injuries were reported at the time.

Early Friday afternoon last week, a crash took place in the Spencer area between two vehicles.

Upon investigation, it was found that Steven Simonson, age 65, of Spencer was driving his 2012 Chevrolet Impala in the 2800 mile of HWY 71 when he failed to stop in time behind John Ulveling’s 1990 GMC Sierra K1500.

Ulveling attempted to stop after a semi jack knifed, losing control due to the blizzard conditions. An estimated $250 damage was assessed to Ulveling’s vehicle, while Simonson amounted to $5,000. No injuries were reported.

At approximately 3pm last Friday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 2800 Mile of HWY 18 after a rear-end collision took place.

Deena Fries (age 44), of Spencer was driving a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited when she failed to see a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado K1500, operated by 50-year-old Joseph Quail slowing down due to a snow drift that had formed in the road from the blizzard.

The rear-end collision resulted in about $15,000 in damages. Fries’ vehicle was an estimated $1,800 in damages. No injuries were reported from the collision.



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