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Sunday, 23 April 2017 07:49

Darien man dead after being struck by trailer

Written by  CSI Media News

WALWORTH COUNTY TODAY -- A Darien man died Saturday after being struck by a trailer while walking along the side of the road.

Austin Fehrm, 30, was walking near the edge of the roadway when he was struck about 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017, by a trailer being pulled by a white 1998 GMC 2500 pickup truck, according to a Walworth County Sheriff's Office news release.

Walworth County Sheriff's Deputies along with Fire/Recuse Units responded to to the accident along U.S. Highway 14 near the intersection of S/D Town line Road in Darien Township.

Investigators say the trailer consisted of dual tanks of anhydrous ammonia used for agriculture purposes.

The GMC was driven by 51 year old Brian Gunnink also of Darien. Despite life-saving efforts the Walworth County Medical Examiner pronounced Fehrm dead at the scene at 7:43 PM.

The crash remains under investigation by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Team and the Wisconsin State Patrol Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspectors.

Responding agencies include the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Darien and Sharon Fire and Rescue Services, Mercy MD1 physicians, and the Walworth County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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