On March 19, 2021 the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office investigated a semi tractor/trailer vs. car accident at the intersection of 340th St/480th Avenue. Following the investigation, the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office determined that Adam McLaughlin (36) of Shelby, IA was driving a 2013 Peterbilt Semi and pulling a livestock trailer, northbound on 480th Avenue. A 2017 Ford Edge, owned and operated by Willard Herke (83) of Graettinger was stopped at a stop sign on 340th St. Herke did not see the northbound semi and began to turn north onto 480th Avenue. Subsequently, the Ford Edge collided with the front of the livestock trailer and sustained minor damage to the vehicle. Estimated damage to the Ford Edge is $500. Damage to the livestock trailer is unknown until further assessment. No injuries were reported from the accident.

Willard Herke was issued a citation for Failure to Obey a Stop Sign and Yield Right of Way.

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