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Man dies in ATV accident near his home

Second person hurt when vehicle hit tree, report says

November 23, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

WEST BEND - One man was killed and another person was seriously injured when an ATV hit a tree Wednesday night in West Bend, according to the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies identified the dead man as Glenn C. Gearhart, 51, of West Bend.

The injured person, who was identified only as a 28-year-old in a news release about the accident, was initially treated at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg before being airlifted by Mercy Air to an unnamed hospital.

Sheriff Dennis Goeders was unavailable Friday to provide any additional information on the victim.

The crash was reported at 10:37 p.m. Wednesday at 100 Seventh St. S.W. in West Bend. The accident occurred south of the Glenn and Mary Gearhart residence on private property. Deputies reported that the ATV was northbound through the property when it struck a tree.

Both people were treated at the scene and were taken to Palo Alto County Hospital.

Ambulance crews from West Bend and Emmetsburg, West Bend First Responders and Emmetsburg police responded to the incident along with sheriff's deputies.



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