Willmar Man Dies After Crashing into Car Wash


(KWLM/Willmar MN-) A Willmar man was killed in a crash in Kerkhoven Sunday night.

The Swift County Sheriff’s Department says at 7:15 p.m. 48-year-old Shane Broten was traveling eastbound on Highway 12 into the City of Kerkhoven when he left the road, traveled through the ditch, and went airborne over 15th Street. The vehicle then impacted the base of a commercial vacuum cleaner at Tam’s Car Wash, spun and struck the side of the building.

Broten was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar where he later died.

The sheriff’s office says they believe alcohol and drugs were a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.


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