UPDATE: Two dead after three-vehicle crash north of Somerset
A three-vehicle crash on Highway 35 north of Somerset has claimed the lives of two people and injured a third, according to a press release issued Tuesday night by the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office.
Amanda L. Day, 34, of Osceola, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. Goldie V. Culver, 83, of Apple Valley, Minn., was flown via a LifeLink III helicopter to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., where she later died. Terry L. Baillargeon, 60, of Somerset, was taken to Lakeview Hospital with injuries. Baillargeon and Culver were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, and Day was not.
Day was driving north on Highway 35 in a 2007 Honda Civic at about 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, and and she attempted to pass Baillargeon, who was driving a 1999 Honda Accord, when she struck his vehicle in the driver's side rear quarter panel. The contact sent the Accord spinning into the oncoming shoulder and ditch area. Meanwhile, Culver was headed south on the Highway in a 2002 Suzuki XL7 and was struck by the Civic sending the Suzuki into the east ditch. The Civic came to a rest in the middle of the highway.
The crash forced the closure of a portion of Highway 35 for about three hours routing traffic onto 220th Avenue, 230th Avenue, County Road I, County Road H.
In addition to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office at the scene were personnel from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Somerset Police Department, Somerset Fire & Rescue, Town of St. Joseph Fire Department and LifeLink.
The crash remains under investigation.