Accident

On Monday, June 27th, 2022, at 4:58 pm, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two vehicle accident in the 4400 block of 360th Street (Hwy 18). Following an investigation on scene, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Brent Thooft (40) of Fenton was driving a 2004 GMC Yukon east bound and approaching several vehicles stopped at the construction zone stop light west of the Des Moines River bridge in the 4400 block of 360th Street. Due to driver inattentiveness, Thooft failed to see the stopped vehicles ahead of him and collided with the rearend of a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Erika Thompson (45) of Emmetsburg.

Both vehicles were deemed a total loss in the accident. Thooft and Thompson both sustained injuries as a result of the accident. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Thooft with failure to stop within a clear and assured distance, which is a simple misdemeanor. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Emmetsburg Police Department, Emmetsburg Fire Department, Palo Alto County Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol.

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