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Iowa State Patrol Trooper Dies Following Northeast Iowa Auto Crash

An Iowa State Patrol trooper involved in a one-vehicle crash last week in northeast Iowa has died.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Trooper Ted Benda was assisting the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office with a wanted suspect call at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, October 14. While responding to the scene, Benda was involved in a single-vehicle wreck on Highway 51, about six miles north of Postville.

Benda was airlifted to Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where Wednesday (10.20) he passed away due to his injuries.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety says Trooper Benda joined the DCI in 2005, assigned to the Special Enforcement Operations Bureau in Marquette.  He transferred to the State Patrol in 2016, assigned to District 8 in Mason City, and most recently worked out of the District 10 office in Oelwein.  

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Mark Pitz

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