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Two trucks go through ice on same day on Big Kandiyohi Lake

Rescue personnel were responding to one call while the other came in.

Two trucks ended up crashing through the ice on Big Kandiyohi Lake at roughly the same time on Saturday, sending four people scrambling for shelter.

And according a news release from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, rescue personnel were on their way to the first crash when they received a call about the second one. 

The first vehicle was a 2008 GMC Sierra, whose occupants were able to get out of the truck and onto the ice, where they were later found by rescuers.

The second vehicle was a 2007 Chevy Silverado; similarly, the two people inside managed to get to safety, taking shelter in a local fish house and calling the authorities.

Both vehicles will have to be pulled out of the lake "at a later date"

Fortunately, the sheriff's office says none of the people involved were injured.

It's not clear how the two trucks may have ended up crashing through the ice; authorities didn't say whether they were driving on the lake or left the roadway accidentally.

This is the second such incident in Minnesota in the past few weeks; in late January, three vehicles fell through the ice on the same day on Madison Lake in Blue Earth County. 

A reminder of ice safety basics

The DNR has sent out multiple reminders about ice thickness guidelines, which are as follows:

  • Under 4 inches - stay off
  • 4 inches - Ice fishing or other activities on foot
  • 5-7 inches - Snowmobile or ATV
  • 8-12 inches - Car or small pickup
  • 12-15 inches - Medium truck

The DNR encourages people to check ice thickness every 150 feet, noting that ice is never 100 percent safe.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office recently advised anxious ice anglers to buy fish sticks at the grocery store unless they're certain the ice is safe. 

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