Fatalities in rural Itasca intersection gaining legislative notice

State Representative Spencer Igo (R-Grand Rapids) issued a statement following the fatal traffic crash Tuesday at the intersection of Itasca County Roads 336 and 57, two weeks after a crash at the same intersection claimed the life of Conservation Officer Sarah Grell.

“I am shocked and heartbroken to hear the news of this tragic traffic accident in Itasca County on Tuesday,” said Igo.

“It’s clear that safety at this intersection must be improved and I am committed to working with MnDOT and local officials to make sure that significant changes are made in the near future to prevent further accidents at this location.”

The victims of Tuesday’s crash were 51-year-old Troy Boettcher, a member of the Meds-1 ambulance team in Grand Rapids, and 17-year-old Joey Latimer, a patient in the ambulance and a Grand Rapids High School student.


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