On Friday, April 9th, 2021, at 11:46 am, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of 560th Avenue and 390th Street (Hwy 18). Following an investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Benjamin Kollasch (26) of Cylinder, was driving a 1995 Ford F150 south on 560th Avenue and approaching the intersection of 390th Street and 560th Avenue. Kollasch failed to obey the stop sign at the intersection of 390th Street and 560th Avenue, entered the intersection, and collided with an eastbound 2015 Dodge Ram driven by Yovany Ciero (44) of Algona. Both vehicles were deemed a total loss in the accident. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Whittemore Ambulance, Whittemore Fire Department, and Iowa DOT. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office issued a citation to Benjamin Kollasch for failure to obey traffic control device, which is a simple misdemeanor.
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