On September 18, 2023, at 11:57 a.m., the Stearns County Emergency Communications Center received a call from a motorist stating that a vehicle had crashed on County Road 9 near 363rd Street in Avon Township. The caller reported that the driver was out of the vehicle and that the vehicle was on fire.
The Avon Police Department, along with the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Fire Department, Albany Fire Department, and Mayo Ambulance responded to the scene. When officers arrived at the crash site the vehicle, a 2007 Jeep Wrangler, was fully engulfed in flames.
The driver of the Jeep was identified as Charles Bolstrom, 63, of Burtrum. Bolstrom said that he had fallen asleep as he entered the curve and that his vehicle went off the road where it struck a tree. Bolstrom said he was wearing his seatbelt and crawled from the vehicle before it started on fire. No one else was in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Bolstrom was transported to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his injuries.