Bemidji man dies in collision with horses near Park Rapids
One person is dead following a collision with horses on Highway 71 five miles south of Park Rapids early Saturday morning.
The name of the victim is Troy Hargreaves, 43, of Bemidji, Minn.
He was driving a 2003 Dodge Caravan just before 5 a.m. when the northbound van “struck horses in the roadway,” according to the state patrol.
Livestock on roadways is a chronic problem in Hubbard County. Every day deputies are wrangling cows, goats, horses and other critters off county highways and gravel roads.
This crash took place at milepost 255, a mile south of the Four Mile Corner.
“What do you do?” Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes asked, acknowledging there is a problem.
“When my officers know there’s a problem, they address it,” Aukes added. “Sometimes it can be shoddy fences or neglect. That isn’t always the case.”
Friday a deputy located a landowner on Highway 71 North that had horses running in the highway south of Bemidji. The landowner was advised that the horses could be a liability.
Aukes said the county is fairly sure whose horses were responsible for the crash, but declined to say who they belonged to.