Incident

Fatal
21801848
11/04/2021 23:12
 
2800 Brainerd
MSP PIO Lt. Gordon Shank (651) 343-4680
 
Highway 371 and 16th St NW (North of Backus), POWERS TWP, Cass County
 
This fatal crash involved an unbelted/unrestrained occupant.
 
The GMC Yukon was travelling northbound on Highway 371 between Hackensack and Backus near 16th St. NW while the Chevy Uplander was eastbound on 16th St. NW. They Chevy failed to stop at Highway 371 and t-boned the GMC. Both vehicles subsequently left the roadway and entered the eastern ditch.
 
 
Dry
 
Cass County Sherrif's Office, North Ambulance, and Backus Fire
Information believed complete
11/05/2021 03:45

2 Vehicles involved.

Vehicle
2007 GMC Yukon
Yes
 
Driver
Jeffrey Joseph Wertish
Ellendale, MN, USA
Male Age: 55
 
Fatal
N/A
 
No
Not Applicable
No
 

 
Passenger
Robert Charles Nelson
Carver, MN, USA
Male Age: 59
 
Fatal
N/A
 
Yes
Not Applicable
Unknown
 

 
Passenger
Jared Matthew Wertish
Ellendale, MN, USA
Male Age: 25
 
Non-life Threatening
Essentia Brainerd
 
Unknown
Not Applicable
No
 

Vehicle
2005 Chevy Uplander
Yes
 
Driver
Lenny James Steffen
Backus, MN, USA
Male Age: 34
 
Fatal
N/A
 
No
Not Applicable
Unknown
 

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