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FD native injured in Alaska Highway crash

Hemann’s wife died at the scene

A Fort Dodge native, known for teaching taekwondo classes in the area for over 40 years, was injured in a crash that claimed the life of a woman he married just days before.

The crash occurred along the Alaska Highway in British Columbia on April 28, according to the Northern Rockies Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Paul Hemann, now of Talkeetna, Alaska, and his wife were traveling north along Highway 97, north of Muncho Lake.

At some point, the vehicle they were riding in, a Honda CRV, left the roadway, rolled and came to a stop near the edge of Trout River, police reported.

The single-vehicle crash was called in to authorities at 3:15 p.m.

RCMP and Emergency Services then left Fort Nelson to get to the scene, which was a 186-mile trip.

According to police, witnesses helped move Hemann and his wife to safety. Witnesses performed life-saving techniques on Hemann’s wife, who died at the scene.

Hemann suffered minor injuries.

The RCMP reported that Hemann and his wife, both in their 60s, were U.S. citizens and were legally transitioning to their primary residence in Alaska from south of the Canada-U.S. border.

Hemann, a St. Edmond Catholic School graduate, wrote on his Facebook page that the two had just married on April 26. Her name was not released by the RCMP.

BC Highway Patrol in Fort Nelson and the BC Coroners’ Service are continuing the investigation to determine the cause of death.

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