The Swift County Sheriff’s Office, Kerkhoven Fire Department and Kerkhoven Ambulance responded to a one vehicle accident in the City of Kerkhoven Sunday night that led to a fatality.

A driver identified as 48 year old Shane Mitchell Broten of Willmar was traveling east on Highway 12 into Kerkhoven, when he went off the roadway and into a ditch. The vehicle went airborne over 15th Street, where it impacted the concrete vacuum base at Tam’s Car Wash. The vehicle then spun and struck the side of the building.

Broten was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Rice Hospital Emergency Room in Willmar, where he later died of his injuries. Alcohol and drugs were suspected to be involved. The incident is still under investigation by Swift County Sheriff’s Office.


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