1 Vehicle Accident / Semi Rollover


On 06-30-15 at approximately 6:50 p.m. the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a semi rollover at the intersection of 390th St. and 580th Av. in Palo Alto County at the county line with Kossuth County.


A 2007 Kenworth semi driven by Marty Ray Loken of Blue Earth, Minnesota was pulling a trailer loaded with hogs. He was heading west bound on highway 18 coming to the intersection of highway 15 where Kossuth County and Palo Alto County meet and was going to turn south on highway 15. Loken was unable to negotiate the turn properly and turned the semi and trailer over onto the passenger side.


Loken was checked out by the Whittemore Ambulance service and was not transported. He received minor injuries in this accident. The semi that he was driving had an estimated $15,000 damage. The trailer had significant damage and was a total loss as the top had broken open and some of the hogs got out. The roof of the trailer had to be removed to get the rest of the hogs out and transported by another truck and trailer.


Loken was cited for failure to maintain control. There were approximately 9 hogs lost in this accident. No other injuries were reported.


The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office along with the Whittemore Fire Department and Ambulance services.