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Man dies in Polk County car accident

Posted 6/19/24

On Tuesday, June 11, at 12:00 a.m., Trooper D.J. Jackson and Mastersergent S.W. Long responded to a single-vehicle accident at South 21st Road, a quarter mile north of Dunnegan. James E. Godat was driving a 2002 Silverado, heading northbound, when he traveled off the left side of the road and struck a ditch. Godat, 73, from Humansville, was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. He was pronounced deceased on June 12 at 4:56 a.m. by Dr. Yifang Wang. His vehicle was totaled in the accident and was removed from the scene via a private party. This is Troop D’s 42 fatality for 2024.

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