The Polk County Sheriff's Office released the names Monday morning of those who died in the crash.

Frederick T. Gurtner, 31, rural Cumberland, was driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Duane L. Fox, 76, Balsam Lake, was operating the Ford Ranger. 


The Polk County Sheriff's Office reported Friday afternoon, two people died in a two-vehicle, head-on crash on State Highway 48 to the east of County Highway E at 60th Street early Friday morning. 

The news release stated, they're notified of the crash at 4:59 a.m. Upon arrival, Law Enforcement found a 2000 Red Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling westbound on State Highway 48 left of center, in the wrong lane of travel.  A 2011 Ford Ranger was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 48 in the proper lane of travel.  The vehicles then struck, drivers side front to drivers side front, causing severe damage to both vehicles.

After the impact, the Jeep continued to travel to the west, coming to rest in the roadway.  The Ford Ranger continued to the east, entering the ditch and overturning one time.

Both drivers sustained fatal injuries and passed away at the scene of the crash.

This is Polk County’s ninth and tenth fatalities from crashes this year.

Assisting the Polk County Sheriff’s Office with this crash were the Luck Fire/First Responders, the Northland Ambulance Service, the Cumberland Ambulance Service and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office.

This crash remains under investigation with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

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