Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, November 2, 1998

Driver flees from scene of Glencoe accident, not found in search

Several people in the Glencoe area were alarmed the evening of Oct. 22, when a helicopter flew above Highway 212 and the surrounding area with its beam lights shining about the ground.

The State Patrol helicopter was searching for a person believed to be injured and who had wandered away from an accident that occurred on Highway 212 near Pamida around 7:40 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Involved in the accident were a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Ann Wangerin, 47, of Glencoe, and a 1993 Dodge Intrepid, whose driver had left the scene of the accident.

Both the Grand Prix and the Intrepid were heading east on Highway 212, when the Intrepid struck the Grand Prix from behind, causing it to roll once into the south ditch, cross the divided four lane and the westbound lanes and into the north ditch of Highway 212.

Local police and rescue arrived on the scene, and Wangerin was brought to the Glencoe Area Health Center, where she was treated and released.

But there still was no sign of the driver of the other vehicle, who witnesses said took off into the nearby field.

Patrolmen did not know to what extent he was injured and thought he may have been lying out there hurt, said the State Patrol spokesperson.

The Glencoe Fire Department was called to assist. They used their new infrared camera to search the field, but could not locate the driver. The State Patrol helicopter also was called in to assist in the search.

Apparently the driver had left the accident scene, which sometimes happens when someone goes into shock after an accident, the State Patrol spokesperson said.

Troy Schrupp, 28, of Watertown and driver of the other vehicle was located Friday in another town.

No charges have been filed. The accident is still under investigation.

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