By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — Three people were injured and two were killed in two separate head-on collisions in Dunn County on Friday.
At 5:11 p.m. December 13, the Dunn County Communications Center received multiple reports of a two-vehicle head-on accident about two miles south of Menomonie on state Highway 25.
Upon arrival at the scene, Dunn County Sheriff’s Department deputies found a head-on collision between a northbound and southbound vehicle blocking the entire roadway.
The northbound vehicle had only one occupant, the driver, and the southbound vehicle had a driver and a passenger.
All three people were injured, although the driver of the southbound vehicle was not transported by ambulance.
Sheriff’s deputies determined that the driver of the southbound vehicle was on the wrong side of the road and collided with the northbound vehicle head-on.
The female passenger of the southbound car was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul from Mayo Menomonie.
According to the news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, “the other injuries appeared to be minor in relation to the extensive damage to both vehicles. Seatbelt use can be credited for preventing more serious injuries.”
The news release from Dunn County did not include the names of any of the victims.
The Colfax Rescue Squad was called out to be on stand-by in Menomonie while Menomonie EMTs responded to the head-on accident.
The Boyceville Fire Department also was called to Menomonie to be on stand-by.
Thirty minutes later, at 5:44 p.m. on December 13, the Dunn County E-911 center received a call reporting a two-vehicle accident on state Highway 85 just east of Rock Falls and that two people were seriously injured.
While Dunn County Sheriff’s Deputies were on their way to the scene, another caller said the accident may have involved a double fatality.
When Dunn County First Responders arrived, they discovered two people who could not be revived, and the Dunn County medical examiner was called to the scene.
Both vehicles had only a single occupant, and both drivers were killed in the accident.
According to a news release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, 19-year-old Kimberley E. Kresen of Eau Claire was the driver of a 2000 Toyota Corolla and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other victim, 62-year-old Joyce Dawson of Rock Falls, was the driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Aveo. Dawson also was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses reported to the deputies that the vehicles collided head-on and that it appeared one vehicle was left of center at the time of impact.
In addition to Dunn County deputies and first responders, officers from the Pepin County Sheriff’s Department and the Rock Creek Fire Department responded to the scene.
The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department has requested the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol crash investigation team to reconstruct the accident.