SOMERSET — Two people are dead and a third injured when three vehicles collided Tuesday afternoon, July 15 in the Town of Somerset in western St. Croix County.
The incident happened at 2:33 p.m. on State Highway 35 about two tenths of a mile south of Lakeside Lane in the Town of Somerset.
In a news release provided by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, eye witness statements and evidence at the scene showed that a 2007 Honda Civic driven by Amanda L. Day, 34, of Osceola, WI was northbound on State Highway 35 when she attempted to pass a 1999 Honda Accord driven by Terry L. Baillargeon, 60, of Somerset, WI. Day struck the Baillargeon vehicle in the driver’s side back panel as she tried to pass which caused the Baillargeon vehicle to lose control and spin around and into the southbound ditch and shoulder area.
The Day vehicle then collided with a southbound 2002 Suzuki XL7 driven by Goldie V. Culver, 83, of Apple Valley, Mn. The impact sent the Culver vehicle into the east ditch while the Day car slid on the roadway before it came to a stop in the middle of State Highway 35.
Amanda Day was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Goldie Culver was transported via air by Lifelink III helicopter to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN, where she later died from her injuries.
Terry Baillargeon was taken to Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, MN by the Lakeview Ambulance with injuries. No report of his condition was noted.
Both Baillergeon and Culver were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident. Day was not wearing her seatbelt.
A portion of State Highway 35 was closed for about three hours due to the accident and traffic was rerouted while emergency crews worked at the scene.
Day and Culver were the sixth and seventh fatalities on St. Croix County roadways in 2014.
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Somerset Police Department, Somerset Fire and Rescue, and St. Joseph’s Township Fire Department.
The crash remains under investigation.