Two killed, two seriously injured in ambulance-dump truck crash

Two were killed and two more were seriously injured in a crash involving a dump truck and an ambulance Tuesday morning.

The ambulance was southbound on Itasca County Road 336 and the dump truck was eastbound on County Road 57 when they collided in a T-bone crash, with the truck hitting the passenger side of the ambulance.

The truck driver, 67-year-old Jeffery Ekholm of Nashwauk was transported to St. Luke’s in Duluth for life-threatening injuries.

Twenty-eight-year-old Kimberly Hake of Cohasset was driving the ambulance and was treated for life-threatening injuries at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The two passengers in the ambulance, 51-year-old Troy Boettcher of Warba and 17-year-old Joseph Latimer of Grand Rapids, were killed on the scene. Boettcher was not wearing a seat belt.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted by Itasca Sheriffs Office, Meds-1, Nashwauk PD, Ambulance and Fire, Bovey PD, Balsam Fire, Deer River Essentia EMS, LifeLink, and North Memorial Aircare.


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 all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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