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Car swept off Highway 81 near Harwood, N.D.

region Park Rapids,Minnesota 56470
Park Rapids Enterprise
Car swept off Highway 81 near Harwood, N.D.
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

HARWOOD, N.D. - Cass County authorities say a Fargo man was cited after he drove around a road-closed barrier this morning and a strong current swept his car off a flooded road.

Keith Wendt, 37, went around the barrier on Highway 81 a mile south of Harwood while on his way to work in Grandin, according to a news release from the county.

The current over the road was so strong it swept his car off the roadway. The shoulder of the road had a 6- to 8-inch drop-off due to a washout at the location, and a tow truck was called to remove the vehicle, the release stated.

Wendt received a $20 citation for knowingly entering a road closed due to hazardous conditions. State lawmakers recently passed legislation to increase the fine for such an offense to $250 as of Aug. 1.

Sheriff's deputies drove Wendt to Grandin, the release stated.