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A semi- and a straight truck overtake a St. Croix County snowplow operating near Milepost 8 eastbound, about 30 minutes before another St. Croix County maintenance truck was struck near Baldwin. The area received about three inches of snow between 8 and 10 a.m., Monday.

Car gets worst of it in vehicle-snowplow crash

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A motorist who collided with a St. Croix County Highway Department plow near Baldwin late Monday morning wasn't believed seriously injured but a sheriff's dispatcher described the vehicle as "heavily damaged".

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The crash occurred around noon, near the Baldwin exit on I-94 westbound.

Jim Krizan, Patrol Superintendent with the department, said the plow driver was traveling westbound about 35-40 mph along the shoulder when his rig was side-swiped by a westbound car.

Krizan said the "belly-blade" on the heavily loaded truck acted like a can-opener on side of the passenger car, which subsequently came to rest in the freeway median. Airbags in the vehicle did deploy, according to the sheriff's dispatcher.

EMS personnel and firefighters from United Fire's Baldwin station responded and radio traffic indicated one individual was transported to Baldwin Medical Center.

Krizan said the driver and her passenger were both young women.

Highway personnel were able to drive the damaged truck back to the Hammond shop for repairs but all three hydraulic cylinders on the underside blade were torn free or bent by the impact.

Krizan said his operators have been fortunate in avoiding accidents so far this snow season but said "it's the same old deal: (motorists) have to get acclimated to the weather and road conditions" and give maintainence crews wide bearth to do their work.

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