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Deputy Todd Duit injured in one vehicle accident

By Staff | May 2, 2011

Faribault County authorities have few details of what caused a deputy to lose control of his squad car Tuesday afternoon.

The Blue Earth Ambulance and deputies were called to the scene of an accident near Riverside Town & Country golf course around 4 p.m.

Sheriff Mike Gormley says a squad car driven by 41-year-old Todd Duit was traveling south on Highway 169 when it left the road and came to rest in a field.

“We really don’t know what happened. He may have sufferered a seizure,” he says.

The sheriff says he had just gotten home from attending a training session in the Twin Cities when he received word of the accident.

Duit was transported to Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato by Blue Earth Ambulance.

Gormley says he went to visit Duit and that doctors are monitoring his condition.

“He’s responsive and doing OK,” he says.

Duit was on duty when the accident occurred and had one hour remaining on his shift.

Earlier this year, Duit returned to work after suffering traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 17 near Frankfort, Ky.

Gormley says Duit was given medical clearance to resume his patrolling duties.

The squad car suffered minor damage.