On 9-21-2016 at 9:45 a.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle accident that occurred on 9-20-2016 at 9 p.m. A northbound 97 Dodge Ram 1500, driven by Mindy A Murphy of Graettinger, was pulling a 16 foot home made trailer in the 2900 block of 410 Ave when the trailer began to fishtail. This caused the truck to strike a cement bridge on the east shoulder. As the truck continued north the trailer also struck the same location on the bridge.
There was an estimated $500.00 damage to the Dodge owned by John Christoffer of Ruthven, $1000.00 damage to the trailer and $2000.00 damage to the bridge.
Murphy was issued citations for operating a non registered trailer, striking fixtures upon a highway and failing to have insurance, all simple misdemeanors.
No injuries were reported.
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