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Firth man dies in rollover accident near Sprague

Posted: Updated: Oct 24, 2013 08:18 AM CDT

By: Jenn Schanz

"I was watching TV and I heard the rescue flight come in and all I could see was that and I didn't know what was going on until this morning," says Sherry Brehm, who lives near where the accident took place.

Despite rescue efforts, 39-year-old Chad Kranau was pronounced dead at the scene of Wednesday night's crash.

The Firth man, a husband and father of two, was alone in his pickup when it rolled into a ditch.

"The vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet pickup, was headed west bound on Sprague road, failed to negotiate the curve at southwest 14th and rolled into a ditch," says Sheriff Terry Wagner.

It's still unclear where Kranau was coming from or where he was headed, but Sheriff Wagner says they don't believe he was wearing a seatbelt.

"We believe alcohol to be a factor, there was evidence of alcohol at the scene," he says.

For those who live nearby, the news of Kranau's death comes as a shock.

"I'm very sorry for the family and my heart goes out to them," says Brehm.

Two of his friends shared messages of support on our Channel 8 Facebook page; both saying he will be missed by many.

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