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Brake malfunction puts Clear Lake driver in the ditch


This news story was published on January 4, 2011.
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A Clear Lake man ended up in the west ditch along I-35 when the brakes on his van malfunctioned.

Mark Vanderploeg, 40, was driving south on I-35 at 7:45 PM on January 2 when he lost control of his 2003 Chevy Express van. The van then rolled into the west ditch.

Vanderploeg was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. A passenger in the vehicle, Beverly Grell, 61, was injured in the accident and was also wearing a seatbelt. The extent of her injuries was not known.

The van sustained about $5000 in damage.|

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