In the serene surroundings of Itasca County, a harrowing incident disrupted the calm on a recent Sunday evening. An unfortunate collision between two vehicles on U.S. Highway 169 near Itasca County Road 7 resulted in tragic outcomes for those involved. The mishap took place a mere 10 miles northeast of Grand Rapids, casting a shadow on the otherwise tranquil town of Taconite.
Decoding the Incident
Matthew Reigel, a 35-year-old resident of Bigfork, Minn., was maneuvering his Honda Civic southbound on County Road 7. As he prepared to pivot north onto Highway 169 within the bounds of Taconite, a Chevrolet Silverado – transporting a sizable fifth-wheel camper – was rapidly approaching from the south on Highway 169. At the wheel of the Silverado was 28-year-old Benjamin Ladoux from Pengilly, Minn.