Two vehicle, double fatal crash on US Highway 8

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On Monday, April 22, 2019 at 5:29 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a call of a two vehicle, head on crash on US Highway 8 approximately one half mile east of 15th Street in Beaver Township
During the investigation of this crash, it was learned that 67 year-old Geraldine Swanson, of rural Turtle Lake, was driving a 2002 Jeep Cherokee, eastbound on US Highway 8. 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, was traveling westbound in a 2007 Chevrolet Impala. The vehicles 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.
The official report has listed the location of the crash as 1184 feet east of 15th Street on U.S. Highway 8.
The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office was contacted and reported to the scene.
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 Examiners Office.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be continuing the investigation into the cause or contributing factors of the crash.

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