MENAHGA-A driver is dead following a fiery crash in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 12, in Wadena County.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office received a call at 2:16 a.m. regarding a vehicle on fire upside down in a ditch in Shell River Township. Law enforcement and fire department personnel arrived on scene to find the vehicle engulfed in flames. As the fire department worked to extinguish the fire, a victim was located inside. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire and the victim was removed.
It appeared the driver was traveling southbound on 199th Avenue, just south of the Hubbard County line when the driver lost control of the vehicle and entered the west ditch. Once in the ditch, the vehicle hit an approach and rolled several times before coming to a rest on its roof.
The victim was transported to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and positive identification.
The Wadena County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Menahga Fire Department, Menahga First Responders, Menahga Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, State Fire Marshal's Office, K&K Towing and the Wevley Funeral Home.