On Thursday, December 07, 2017, at 12:45 p.m., the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a two vehicle accident in the 4800 block of 380th Avenue. Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Sandra Wells (64), of Fonda, was driving a 2017 GMC Denali northbound in the 4800 block of 380th Avenue. As Wells slowed for a vehicle ahead of her to turn west onto 480th Street she was struck from the rear by a 2016 Freightliner semi truck driven by Donald Eisenbacher (46), of Emmetsburg. There was an estimated $10,000.00 damage done to Wells’ vehicle and an estimated $3,000.00 damage done to Eisenbacher’s vehicle. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office cited Donald Eisenbacher with failure to stop within an assured clear distance, which is a simple misdemeanor.
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