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Man dies prior to vehicle crash

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A Medical Examiner rules the death of James Ernzen to be from natural causes, prior to his vehicle crashing into a ditch.

It happened on July 4th at approximately 12:39 a.m. in Dubuque County. Officers responded to a motor vehicle accident that happened on Highway 52 North of Durango. 

The initial investigation showed the vehicle left the roadway and entered a ditch, hitting a concrete block retaining wall. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. 

The body of the driver was transported to Ankeny for an autopsy. The Medical Examiner ruled the death to be from a heart attack.

Two passengers were injured. They were taken to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque to treat their injuries.

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