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UPDATE 2: Man killed in crash identified

Courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office Courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office Courtesy Polk County Sheriff's Office

Polk County (WQOW)-  A minivan veers across the center line and collides with a oncoming semi, leaving one man dead.

The crash happened around 5:30 Wednesday morning on Highway 8, north of Amery.

Garrett Javner, from rural Clayton, was killed. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time.

The Polk County Sheriff says after the crash, another car hit the Javner's van.

The crash forced the highway to be shut shut down for several hours


Polk County (Press Release) - A fatal crash occurred at 5:40 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18th on US Highway 8 in Apple River Township of Polk County.

A westbound Dodge minivan operated by Garrett V. Javner, 44, of rural Clayton crossed into the path of an eastbound semi tractor-trailer operated by Jacob Hoheisel, 32, of Avon, Minn. Garrett Javner died at the scene. He was the lone occupant to his vehicle.

Following the collision, a secondary crash occurred when a westbound Toyota Camry, operated by Marlene Long, 55, of Turtle Lake, struck Javner's disabled mini-van. Hoheisel and Long were not injured and both were the lone occupants of their respective vehicles.

US Hwy 8 traffic was detoured for several hours while emergency responders from Amery Fire Department and Apple River Fire Department controlled the scene. Preliminary investigation reveals that Garrett Javner was not seat belted at the time of the crash.

The crash is being investigated by the Polk County Sheriff's Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.


Polk Co. (WQOW) - One person was killed in a crash between a minivan and semi Wednesday morning. All lanes of Highway 8 near Amery were closed for a time while crews cleared the scene.

The Polk County Sheriff says one person died in the crash. No other information about that person is being released right now.

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