Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens reports that two people were injured as the result of a two-vehicle collision north of Estherville that occurred Saturday afternoon.
According to Martens, the Emmet County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting the accident at 3:14 p.m. The caller reported that two vehicles had collided approximately 1 mile north of Estherville on Highway 4 and one of the vehicles was on its top and one was on its side. Upon investigation at the scene by the Emmet County Sheriff's Office, it was determined that a northbound 2003 GMC pickup owned and driven by Gary Thomas Murray, 72, of Estherville apparently lost control and entered into the path of a southbound 2001 Chevrolet pickup owned and driven by Stanley L. Rienhardt, 78, of rural Estherville.
Murray was extricated from his vehicle by the use of the "Jaws of Life" by the Estherville Fire Department and both men were transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital for treatment of their injuries by the Estherville Ambulance Service. Their conditions are unknown at this time. Both vehicles were a total loss. The Emmet County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by the Estherville and Armstrong police departments.