Three people were uninjured in a Renville County crash Saturday that law enforcement learned about by an iPhone alert.

According to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, at about 11:46 p.m. on Nov. 5, the office got a 911 call from an Apple iPhone Crash Detection System. The call reported a significant crash at a specific GPS location, plotted near the intersection of 810th Avenue and 490th Street, about two miles northeast of Hector.

Officers located an overturned vehicle in a field near the intersection.  Three individuals were still inside the vehicle at the time of the officers’ arrival, but all were able to get out of the vehicle on their own and were uninjured.

Investigation revealed the vehicle, a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, had been traveling eastbound on 810th Avenue when the driver, 24-year-old Nicholas K. Revier of Olivia, lost control.  The vehicle entered the ditch in the northeast quadrant of the intersection where it struck a street sign and then overturned.  The vehicle is believed to be a total loss.

Alcohol consumption is believed to be a factor in the crash, but seatbelts and airbags are credited with sparing significant injuries.

Assisting agencies at the scene included the Hector Police Department, Buffalo Lake Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.  The Renville County Sheriff’s office is continuing its investigation of the crash.

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