Fatal crash in Bena

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports that on Saturday, December 7th 2019 at 1:43 AM, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a vehicle crash on County Road 8, a mile south of Bena, MN.

Deputies arrived and found that a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado had left the roadway, rolling in the ditch and landing in a swampy area.

The driver, a male, age 60, of St Paul MN and the only occupant of the vehicle was located inside deceased.

The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of family members. 

The crash investigation continues, and an autopsy is scheduled with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Assisting at the scene was the Minnesota State Patrol, Leech Lake Ambulance and Federal Dam Fire Department.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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