UPDATE: Polk County sheriff’s office identifies driver in deadly semi fire

Body Found in Burned-Out Semi
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Published: Aug. 3, 2020 at 11:17 PM CDT
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POLK COUNTY, M.N. (Valley News Live) - UPDATE: The Sheriff’s Office reports the driver was identified as 62-year-old Thomas John Wolbeck of Waubun, MN. He was transported to the University of North Dakota Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.

The semi was a 1988 White/GMC tractor and was pulling a trailer loaded with straw bales. The Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota State Fire Marshal are assisting the Polk County Sheriff’s Office with this investigation.

ORIGINAL: The Polk County, MN, sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a person whose body was found inside a burned-out semi.

Deputies got the call about a rollover Monday afternoon around 3:30 south of Mentor. A semi was on fire in the ditch, and was fully engulfed when deputies arrived. After the fire was put out, authorities located a body in the vehicle, believed to be that of the driver.

Sheriff’s officials say this is an active investigation and no further information is being released at this time, pending notification of family members.

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