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Names released in double-fatal Polk County crash

A Cumberland man and a Turtle Lake woman died at the scene of a Polk County crash April 22 in the town of Beaver. Photo courtesy of Polk County Sheriff's Office

TOWN OF BEAVER -- Authorities have released the names of two people killed in a head-on crash early Monday in Polk County.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said the crash, reported at 5:29 a.m. April 22, occurred on Highway 8 about a half-mile east of 15th Street in the town of Beaver, a community about 35 miles northeast of New Richmond.

The sheriff's office said the drivers of both cars, 67-year-old Geraldine Swanson of rural Turtle Lake, and 69-year-old Harvey Richter of rural Cumberland, were found dead.

Preliminary investigation revealed Swanson was driving a 2002 Jeep Cherokee eastbound on Highway 8 when it crossed the center line, entered oncoming traffic and struck a westbound 2007 Chevrolet Impala, driven by Richter, head-on. Damage extended from mid to driver's side left of both vehicles. Neither vehicle contained any passengers. Deputies noted it was raining at the time of the crash.

Polk County Medical Examiner's Office, Turtle Lake Fire and First Responders, the Turtle Lake Police Department and the Cumberland Area Ambulance Service assisted Polk County Sheriff's Office at the crash scene. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in Anoka, Minn., will provide further assistance.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will continue its investigation into the cause or contributing factors of the crash.

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