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Cohasset man dies in vehicle accident in drainage ditch near Hector

HECTOR, Minn. — A Cohasset man was found dead Thursday morning, Dec. 14, inside an upside-down vehicle frozen in the ice at the bottom of a county drainage ditch by a farm field near Hector.

The deceased man was identified as Richard C. Bain, Jr., 48, of Cohasset.

The Renville County Sheriff's Office received a report at 10:32 a.m. Thursday about a vehicle lying on its roof at the bottom of Judicial Ditch 15, which is located about a quarter mile east of Hector. The area where the vehicle had entered the ditch was along a farm field north of U.S. Highway 212 and about quarter-mile from any nearby road.

Upon arriving at the scene, responding personnel discovered the vehicle was frozen into the ice in the ditch, suggesting that the vehicle had entered the ditch water a significant amount of time prior to the emergency call.

After removing the vehicle from the ditch, emergency personnel discovered the body of an adult male inside, later identified as Bain.

The preliminary investigation revealed that, for unknown reasons, Bain had driven approximately a quarter-mile across a tilled farm field before entering the drainage ditch. It is unknown exactly when the crash occurred.

The Renville County Sheriff's Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office is continuing the investigation.

The Renville County Sheriff's Office and the Hector Ambulance Service responded to the accident scene.

Kelly Boldan

Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.

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