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Community responds after accident

June 27, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

Fundraiser held for

families of ELC students involved in Monday crash

The Estherville community has immediately responded to the needs of two Estherville Lincoln Central students who were in a two-vehicle accident Monday morning.

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Ethan Crees and Lincoln Coakley, who both wrestle for ELC, suffered severe injuries in the accident.

According to Emmet County Sheriff Mike Martens, at 11:04 a.m. a caller reported that a semi-truck and pickup truck had collided in the intersection of 410th Avenue and 130th Street. Upon investigation, it was determined that a southbound 2008 Chevrolet pickup driven by Crees, 18, of Estherville entered into the path of an eastbound 2012 Mack semi tractor-trailer combination driven by Kenny Dietrich, 67, of Fairmont, Minn.

As a result of the collision, both vehicles entered the south ditch where the pickup truck overturned trapping the passenger Coakley, 17, of Estherville in the vehicle. Coakley had to be extricated by the use of the "jaws of life." All three were transported to Avera Holy Family Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Coakley was airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for treatment of life threatening injuries. Crees was transferred to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., for treatment of his injuries while the driver of the semi-tractor was treated and released.

Tuesday evening at the ELC baseball game with Spencer, the ELC Leadership Class hosted a raffle and bake sale to raise funds for the families of the students to help with medical expenses.

An account also has been set up at NorthStar Bank in Estherville for donations to Lincoln Coakley and his family.

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the accident scene by Estherville Fire and Rescue, Emmet County Emergency Management, Emmet County Secondary Roads, The Iowa Department of Transportation Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division and Estherville Ambulance Service.



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