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SUV stuck on cruise control may have caused Sunday morning accident

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BEMIDJI -- A Bemidji man who was airlifted to a hospital in Fargo told police his cruise control became stuck, resulting in the single-car crash Sunday morning.

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Wayne Krumrey, 57, is still a patient at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, but his condition was not made available by staff there Tuesday night.

Police responded at 10:41 a.m. Sunday to 20000 block of Birchmont Beach Road Northeast. According to an accident report filed by the responding Beltrami County sheriff's deputy, Krumrey had an extensive laceration across his head, but was able to speak with first responders.

After setting up a landing zone for the helicopter the deputy investigated the path of Krumrey's GMC sport-utility vehicle. He found the SUV was travelling east when skid marks indicated Krumrey lost control, eventually rolling the vehicle three times. The SUV landed on its wheels in a ditch.

"You could see where the back wheels had begun digging holes into the dirt and the vehicle had spun off into a northwesterly direction heading back the direction it was coming from," the deputy wrote. "The vehicle then abruptly went across the driveway and struck a tree causing a large amount of damage."

Krumrey was trapped inside the SUV, and the deputy enlisted the help of the Bemidji Fire Department who used the jaws of life to free the man, according to the report.

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Justin Glawe
Reporting on crime, courts and Beltrami county government. Follow me on Twitter @JustinGlawe.
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