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Pickup truck removed from Clear Lake a week after mishap


This news story was published on January 24, 2014.
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Photo from Matt Kitner

Photo from Matt Kitner

CLEAR LAKE – A pickup truck pulling an ice shack broke through the ice near Dodge’s Point on Clear Lake’s south shore late in the afternoon of January 17th.

Christopher Cash, 40, was driving eastbound on Clear Lake at approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday when the 2004 Chevrolet pickup broke through the ice about 450 feet west of Dodge’s Point. Both Cash and a passenger, 24-year-old Branden Schare, of Clear Lake, were both able to safely get out of the truck before it sunk.

The truck was finally removed from Clear Lake Friday.

“Evidently the high winds we have had hitting the open water around the aerators caused wave action under the ice along a seam creating a soft spot,” said Ben Bergman, a conservation officer for the DNR.

With the high winds and open water from the aerators, Bergman said ice conditions can be unpredictable.

“People driving on the ice need to pay attention to the wind speed and direction. Ice conditions can change drastically in a 24-hour period,” said Bergman.

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2 Responses to Pickup truck removed from Clear Lake a week after mishap

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    Iowa Sucks Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    It’s a good thing they pulled it out. Wouldn’t want the oil to pollute all the nasty toilet water.

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    Philosophus Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Hmmm. So how was it pulled out? That’s the interesting part.