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Rollover north of Park Rapids is county's fifth this month

A Park Rapids firefighters surveys the scene of a one-vehicle rollover Tuesday morning north of Park Rapids. (Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

Hubbard County emergency personnel responded to their fifth rollover accident of November this morning.

But the crash, 12 miles north of Park Rapids on Highway 71, was likely caused by a drowsy driver, not icy roads.

The accident, just after 10:30 a.m., resulted in only minor injuries to the southbound driver, emergency personnel on the scene said. The car was totaled and ended up in deep woods off the west side ditch.

"It looks from the tire tracks like he fell asleep at the wheel," said one emergency responder.

Ambulance personnel were checking the driver over at the scene, but said they didn't know if the unidentified man would be transported to the Park Rapids hospital.

A major radio glitch occurred during the crash, however, and it resulted in volunteer Park Rapids firefighters arriving on the scene when they weren't needed.

One of the emergency channels appeared to have been jammed after firefighters were initially paged, and the Hubbard County dispatch center and deputy in the field were unable to alert them to turn back until crews had arrived on the scene.

Emergency personnel had a spirited discussion on the roadside as to which channels each agency should be broadcasting on.