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Otter Tail County Sheriff's Report

Icy roads early Monday morning, on Jan. 14, resulted in seven accidents across Otter Tail County between the hours of 7:42 a.m. and 8:50 a.m.

Most of these accidents, with no injures, resulted in vehicles leaving roadways and entering ditches, according to sheriff deputies.

Two accidents took place northeast of Perham, one on Highway 60 and the other at the intersection of Highways 8 and 53.

Another accident took place on Highway 108, on the northeast side of Maplewood State Park and east of Pelican Rapids.

A driver traveling south of Battle Lake, on Highway 78, lost control of the vehicle and entered a ditch near the southwest side of Clitherall Lake.

To the west, north of Underwood on Highway 35, another vehicle left the roadway due to icy conditions.

The final two accidents took place north of Bluffton on Highway 8, in northeastern Otter Tail County, and along Interstate 94 in the southwestern section of the county.

"For the most part, drivers used caution, and only seven accidents in this time period shows that drivers slowed down and kept safety in mind," said Otter Tail County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke.

Pickup crashes into bridge

The driver of a pickup lost control of his vehicle north of Rush Lake on Jan. 1 and collided with a bridge over the Otter Tail River.

Sheriff deputies said the driver of the pickup, 36-year-old James Ritter of Perham, was not injured but there was minor damage to the bridge. There was moderate damage to the pickup which was owned by Steve's Sanitation of Perham.

The accident took place close to 6 a.m. on New Year's Day. The location of the accident was the intersection of 390th Street and Sandy Lane, between Rush Lake and Perham.

Scam averted

A resident of Vergas received a phone call from a man who demanded money and said the Vergas resident's daughter backed into his pickup and caused damage on Dec. 31.

The Vergas resident put the caller on hold and used another phone to call his daughter, who said the incident did not take place.

The incident was reported to the sheriff office. The resident did not forward any money to the scammer.