Polk County Dispatch received the call just before 5:30 a.m. the morning of April 22 for a fatal accident on Highway 8 in the town of Beaver, north of Turtle Lake.
Geraldine Swanson, 67, Turtle Lake, and Harvey Richter, 69, Cumberland, both died in the accident. There were no passengers in either of the vehicles involved. It was raining at the time of the accident.
According to the press release, Swanson was driving a Jeep Cherokee east bound on Highway 8 when her vehicle crossed the center line. Richter was traveling west bound in a Chevrolet Impala when the vehicles struck head on approximately half a mile east of 15th Street.
“As more reports came in, information was obtained that at least one person involved in the crash had no pulse,” the release states. “Upon arrival of first responders and fire personnel, it was found that both drivers of the vehicles had sustained fatal injuries.”
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will be continuing the investigation into the cause or contributing factors of the crash.