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Injured Clinton man found five hours after crash

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Gazette Staff
September 21, 2010
— A rural Clinton man lay injured for more than five hours after he was thrown from his pickup truck early Sunday morning, the Rock County Sheriff’s Department reports.

Jacob Brandl, 20, was listed in good condition Monday at Rockford Memorial Hospital.


Investigators believe alcohol may have contributed to the crash, which occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday on County P east of Highway 140 in Clinton Township.


The truck went off the road, flipping and rolling before coming to rest in a cornfield, according to a news release. The corn and darkness hid the truck from view, the release said.


Brandl lay unconscious before waking and dragging himself back toward the road, the release states.


The Rock County 911 Center received a call at 7:44 a.m. The reporting person had discovered Brandl lying in the ditch near the field, where Brandl was conscious and talking.


Clinton police and rescue units and sheriff’s deputies responded and called for helicopter transport.


Brandl was flown to Rockford Memorial to be treated for what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries. He was cited for inattentive driving, underage person transporting intoxicants, operating without insurance and a seat belt violation.



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