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Propane truck flips over, springs leak

A 2004 Kenworth propane truck flipped over at 7:47 a.m. on March 13 after being struck by a 2003 Ford Ranger near County Road EE and 170th Avenue in the town of Isabelle. (Herald photo by Matthew Lambert)

TOWN OF ISABELLE -- A propane truck overturned early Monday morning after being struck by a car in the town of Isabelle.

Dispatch notified the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office of the two-vehicle crash at 7:47 a.m. March 13 near County Road EE and 170th Avenue, just outside of Bay City.

The 2004 Kenworth propane truck driver Daniel Brunkhorst, 61, Prescott, was heading northbound on County Road EE, when he was hit by a 2003 Ford Ranger, driven by 25-year-old Alex Hoyer of Colorado Springs, Colo.

According to a sheriff’s department news release, Hoyer’s truck slid through the 170th Avenue intersection , striking the propane truck’s rear axle, causing it to slide sideways and tip over. It blocked both lanes of traffic.

Ellsworth and Red Wing fire departments quickly addressed a propane leak that sprung from the overturned truck.

Hoyer received medical treatment at the scene, but declined further treatment. Brunkhorst was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation by the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.  

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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