POLK COUNTY - Law Enforcement in Polk County has released the name of the person who died following a multi-vehicle crash that occurred on July 12th that resulted in one death.
Polk County Sheriff Brent Waak stated on Friday, July 14, 2023, that the operator who died was 28-year-old Joshua Nelson, from Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.
This was the 5th traffic fatality in Polk County so far this year.
Multi-Vehicle Crash In Polk County Results In Fatality
POLK COUNTY - A semi-truck vs car crash on Wednesday afternoon in Polk County has resulted in a fatality.
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According to Polk County Sheriff Brent Waak, on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at 3:37p, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a report of a semi-truck vs car crash at the intersection of US Hwy 8 and State Hwy 46 north junction in the town of Balsam Lake.
Preliminary investigation indicates that an eastbound passenger car, (single occupant) turned left into the path of a westbound semi-truck.
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The operator of the car was airlifted to Regions Hospital in Minnesota but succumbed to his injuries from the crash.
The victim’s name will be released at a later date.
The operator of the semi was not injured in the crash.
"The Polk County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Apple River Fire, Balsam Lake Fire, Lakes Region EMS, Life Link III Air Ambulance, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Polk County Medical Examiner for their assistance."
Sheriff Waak says that this crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
This is the 5th Traffic Fatality in Polk County in 2023, according to Sheriff Waak.