POLK COUNTY -- Authorities in Polk County say a serious two-vehicle crash occurred this morning on Hwy 87. Both drivers apparently were injured and one of the vehicles was reported to have been on fire, according to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
(Press Release) -- On July 22nd, 2019 the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a two car head on crash on State Highway 87 in the 1600 block, which is approximately 3 miles north of St Croix Falls. It was reported that both drivers were injured in each of the vehicles involved. It was also reported that one of the vehicles was on fire.
The St. Croix Falls Police Department were first on scene and verified that one of the vehicles was on fire and the driver of that vehicle was trapped inside. Fire extinguishers were used by responding units until a Cemstone Inc cement truck came upon the scene and utilized the water on board to extinguish the fire.
Preliminary investigation of the accident determined that a 2004 Volvo 4 door was traveling South bound on Highway 87. The vehicle crossed left of center and into the path of a 2000 Honda Civic, which was traveling north bound. The vehicles struck the front of the vehicles, glancing off of each other. The Volvo began rotating and came to rest several feet to the south of area of impact still on the roadway, in the south bound travel lane. The Honda also began rotating, however, upon leaving the roadway, tripped and overturned in the ditch. The Honda came to rest in the East ditch, on it’s roof and started on fire.
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The driver of the Volvo was transported by ambulance for injuries that were sustained in the crash. A scene landing was performed by Life Link Air Medical. Life Link transported the driver of the Honda to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities. Names of the driver’s are currently being withheld.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the following agencies for their assistance:
The St Croix Falls Police Department, the St. Croix Falls Fire and First Responders, Life Link air ambulance, and the Lakes Area Ambulance service. We would also like to personally thank the St Croix Falls Police Department and Public Works, and Cemstone Inc for their truly heroic and lifesaving actions as they did save the life of the trapped victim.
The crash is still under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.