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"I thought I was in an earthquake!" - Lou Flick


Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

"I was still awake in the second floor bedroom when I heard the sound of a truck coming from the south. The sound grew louder and louder and I heard no sounds of brakes. All of a sudden there was a crashing noise and things started flying around the room, stuff being pushed in all directions and the only thing I could do was sit there and watch the whole house tip from one side to another, from top to bottom and then it stopped."

These are the words of Lou Flick, one of two occupants of the home on South Section that was torn apart by a 2006 Volvo Truck Tractor semi driven by 47-year old Barry Duncan of Milan, Illinois. According to the Minnesota Highway Patrol report, the truck was northbound on Highway 63 one block south of Highway 16 when he drifted to the right, striking a gas pole, then a utility pole before striking a vehicle in front of the garage and then the building.

Flick and Terry Fetterly, the other occupant of the home, tried to orient themselves. Nothing was where it should be they said. The floor of the upstairs was tipping to the ground and in the dark they moved around until they were able to climb onto the top of the cab where they oriented themselves.

"We moved through the rubble very carefully," said Fetterly. "Suddenly we found the truck roof and crawled towards the back where a Spring Valley fireman had put up a ladder and we were able to crawl down."

The driver of the vehicle was trapped in the cab of the truck. Brick from a fireplace in the living room fell into the cab and had to be removed piece by piece to gain the release of the driver. Mayo One was requested and they assisted the Spring Valley Ambulance in providing medical care on the scene. Once they had the driver free from the wreckage Mayo One transported him to St. Mary's Hospital. There was a report that the driver had suffered chest pains just before the crash. His injuries from the crash are non-life threatening.

Firemen worked feverishly to cut the power from a downed power line that had cut off electricity to half of the downtown area of Spring Valley. This was complicated by a gas line that had been broken and was releasing gas into the area.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene and arranged for a motel room in Preston for the occupants of the house.

Wednesday morning Fetterly and Lou Flick returned to the house and to see the devastation in the daylight.

"We were lucky" said Terry. "We w .....
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"I thought I was in an earthquake!" - Lou Flick

Thu, Apr 1st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

"I was still awake in the second floor bedroom when I heard the sound of a truck coming from the south. The sound grew louder and louder and I heard no sounds of brakes. All of a sudden there was a crashing noise and things started flying around the ..... 
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Local Red Cross Responds to Home in Spring Valley

Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, March 31, 2010] - The Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding this morning to a home in Spring Valley after a semi-truck collided with it. The Red Cross is meeting with the family and making arrangements fo ..... 
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Vehicle Accident March 24, 2010

Thu, Mar 25th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

A 37-year old Preston man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident in rural Fillmore County Wednesday afternoon.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, Gregory Bremseth was traveling westbound on Fillmore County Road #22 in ..... 
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News from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety: 11 days, 10 road deaths -- a deadly stretch on Minnesota roads.

Thu, Mar 25th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - According to preliminary Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) traffic crash report information, at least 10 people died during March 14-24, making it the deadliest period of the year since Jan. 12-22 when eight people were killed. T ..... 
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY LEADS HOLIDAYS FOR DWI ARRESTS, PERCENTAGE OF ALCOHOL-RELATED FATALS

Tue, Mar 16th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL -DWI patrols will roll out on St. Patrick's Day, the holiday period with the highest percentage of alcohol-related traffic deaths and the most DWI arrests in the last five years, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS).< ..... 
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Spring Valley Emergency Management responds to fire

Tue, Mar 16th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The calm of a warm Spring Valley morning was broken by the sounds of smoke alarms going off in Hillside Homes, an independent living facility. At first residents didn't know what was happening but then it became apparent that there was smoke in the b ..... 
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Spring Valley Emergency Management responds to fire

Tue, Mar 16th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

The calm of a warm Spring Valley morning was broken by the sounds of smoke alarms going off in Hillside Homes, an independent living facility. At first residents didn't know what was happening but then it became apparent that there was smoke in the b ..... 
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Local Red Cross Responds to Fire in Spring Valley

Mon, Mar 15th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

[Rochester, MN, March 15, 2010] - The Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding this morning to a multi-unit apartment fire in Spring Valley. Thirty seven residents have been evacuated from the building and are gathered at t ..... 
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