Second accident at sight injures one
One man is dead and another in serious condition following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of US Highway 63 and County Truck Highway G shortly before 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the Town of Emerald in St. Croix County.
Joshua J. Derrick, 27 of New Richmond, was killed and 49-year-old Brian W. Holldorf of Baldwin was seriously injured in the collision.
According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred at approximately 7:28 p.m., October 4, 2018.
A preliminary investigation and witness statement indicates a 2014 Ford Focus, being driven by Joshua J. Derrick, age 27 from New Richmond, WI, was eastbound on CTH G. A 2002 Ford F350 Super Duty Truck, being driven by Brian W. Holldorf, age 49, of Baldwin, WI was northbound on USH 63.
The Focus, driven by Derrick, failed to stop at the stop sign on CTH G. He struck the vehicle being driven by Holldorf. The Holldorf truck then rolled into the ditch on the northeast corner of the intersection and came to rest on its roof. The Derrick vehicle came to rest on the roadway of USH 63.
Derrick, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Holldorf, who was also wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul by Baldwin EMS with injuries.
The sun, as it was rising in the east, may have been a factor in this crash.
USH 63 was closed for approximately five (5) hours while deputies investigated the crash.
Assisting at the scene was the Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Baldwin EMS, United Fire & Rescue, St. Croix County Highway Dept., and the St. Croix County Medical Examiner.
Derrick’s death is St. Croix County’s 7th traffic fatality of 2018.
The crash remains under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriffs Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Second Crash injures One
Some eight hours later, two other vehicles and their drivers were involved in a collision at the same location requiring one to be transported to an area hospital.
According to Captain Jeffrey Klatt of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office the accident occurred at 3:44 p.m. that same day, October 4.
The accident report stated that Thomas D. Nelson, 76 of Clear Lake, was traveling east on County Highway G in his 1988 Ford F-150 truck and stated he stopped at the stop sign before proceeding into the intersection. Nelson stated that he thought he had enough to time to cross in front of an oncoming vehicle, a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta being driven by Elizabeth M. Lindee, 42 of Deer Park, that was traveling north on US Highway 63.
Unfortunately, Nelson was not able to make it across Highway 63 and was struck by the Lindee car.
Nelson was transported by Baldwin EMS to Amery Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.
Both drivers were seat-belted at the time of the accident which is under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff Office.
United Fire also assisted.