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2 dead, 3 hurt in 169 crash

Webster Co. Sheriff’s Dept. car involved in 3-car accident

January 27, 2012
By BILL SHEA, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

BODE - Two people were killed in a head-on collision near Bode that also injured a Webster County jailer and two inmates Friday evening.

The crash resulted from a vehicle driving south in the northbound lane of U.S. Highway 169, according to state Trooper Neil Morenz.

He said the names of the victims will be released today after their families have been notifed.

The jailer and the inmates were in a Webster County Sheriff's Department car headed to the Kossuth County Jail in Algona, according to Webster County Sheriff Brian Mickelson.

Morenz said the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department received A report of a vehicle going south in the nortbound lane of U.S. Highway 169. That vehicle later collided head-on with a northbound vehicle at about 6:15 p.m. about 6 miles north of Humboldt, he said.

The Sheriff's Department car was behind the northbound vehicle. Morenz said the car swerved in an attempt to avoid the crash, but hit one of the other vehicles involved in it.

The drivers in both vehicles that hit head-on were killed, according to Morenz.

Mickelson said the jailer and inmates were taken to Humboldt County Memorial Hospital, where they were being treated late last night. He didn't have any information on their condition.

State troopers were assisted at the scene by Humboldt County sheriff's deputies, firefighters from Humboldt and Bode, and ambulance crews from Renwick, Humboldt and Algona.

Because of the renovation project at the Webster County Law Enforcment Center, which houses the jail, the county has been forced to place its inmates in the jails in other counties. That's why a jailer and two inmates were heading to the Kossuth County Jail, Mickelson said. He added that there's always a risk of something bad happening when inmates have to be moved.

''I'll be so glad when we get back in our jail,'' he said.

He said he expects to move back into the jail in mid-February.

Contact Bill Shea at (515) 573-2141 or



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