SUV gets rocky reception at boat launch

ELLSWORTH — A South Dakota woman’s SUV had to be towed from the Branch Lake Boat Launch Thursday afternoon after the vehicle had two collisions with rocks.

Police said 66-year-old Mary T. Decoff of Sioux Falls, S.D., was attempting to leave the boat launch area when her vehicle struck a large rock around 4 p.m.

Decoff got out of the 2013 Ford Explorer to check the damage, police said, but neglected to put the vehicle in park before doing so.

That caused the SUV to roll backward, and it then collided with another rock. This time the vehicle rolled up and onto the rock, and became stuck there.

Neither Decoff nor her passenger was injured in the incident, but the Ford had to be towed from the scene due to the amount of damage.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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