On October 18, 2022, at approximately 7:30 p.m., the Stearns County Emergency Communications Center received a report of a two-vehicle crash with injuries at the intersection of County Road 41 and County Road 40 in Farming Township. Stearns County Deputies, along with the Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department and Melrose Ambulance responded to the crash.
Deputies found that the crash involved 2021 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Justin Roger Gertken, 42, of Richmond, and a 2014 Ford F150 operated by Brayden Patrick Burg, 23, of Avon. Gertken was traveling southbound on County Road 41 while Burg was traveling eastbound on County 40. Burg failed to stop at the stop sign located at the intersection which caused Gertken’s vehicle to strike Burg’s vehicle. Both vehicles were damaged and came to a rest in the southeast ditch. Gertken was transported to Melrose Hospital for further evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries. Burg was cited for the stop sign violation.