Winter weather is being blamed for numerous vehicles crashing into ditches in Fayette County.


One of the more serious accidents happened Friday (Feb. 8) just before 3pm, southeast of Fayette near the area of Kornhill and Hill Roads. A Jeep driven by 62 year old Steven Brehme of Wadena rolled onto it's side; Brehme sustained significant injuries. He was extricated from the wreckage and flown to an area hospital by Gunderson Air Care. The 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was totaled. The accident remains under investigation, and charges may be filed at a later time.

Photo from Fayette Co. Sheriff

The sheriff reports that late Thursday afternoon, an SUV was in the ditch near county road V-62 and 40th Street, west of Oelwein. 18 year old Jackson Nading of Dunkerton lost control of his 1995 Ford Explorer; it went into the ditch, and rolled onto it's top. Injuries were minor.

Photo from Fayette Co. Sheriff

Also on Thursday, just after 8pm, a pickup driven by 48 year old Troy Frederick of Strawberry Point, was eastbound on Highway 3, southeast of Westgate, when Frederick lost control and drove into the ditch. No one was injured.

On Friday, the sheriff received a 911 call about a pickup in the ditch, on "W" Avenue, 5 miles west of Westgate. 59 year old Charles Sawyer of Lawler lost control of the vehicle on the slick road, went into the ditch, and struck a sign and a fence. There were no injuries.

Photo from Fayette Co. Sheriff

And Sunday evening, at about 5:15pm, the sheriff was notified of a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 18 near the Clayton/Fayette County line, northeast of Clermont. 21 year old Josue Chuy of Postville lost control on a curve, and rolled the vehicle onto it's side in the ditch. No one was injured.