A July 2 vehicle crash on Highway 35 north of 90th Avenue in the Town of Osceola claimed the lives of Scott L. Brust, 58 and Lisa M. Swanson, 53; both of Cushing.
According to a release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, around 11:30 p.m. the office Dispatch Center began receiving calls indicating that there had been a crash involving two vehicles.
Upon arrival, it was found that two GMC pickup trucks had hit nearly head on. There was a lone male occupant in one of the pickups, who was moving around and Brust and Swanson in the other, who were unconscious. All of the occupants appeared to have sustained substantial injuries. Ambulance and first responder and fire units were called to the scene, along with air ambulances.
The lone occupant vehicles’ driver was extricated from his vehicle and transported initially to the Osceola Medical Center where he was later taken to Regions Hospital by air ambulance. Brust and Swanson succumbed to their injuries and died while still on scene.
During the course of the investigation, it appears to the Sheriff’s Department the lone occupant GMC truck was traveling south bound on Hwy 35 while the other truck was traveling north bound. The vehicles met near the center of the roadway, with the impact area of damage starting in the northbound travel lane. After the collision, both vehicles traveled into the southbound travel lane.
The Brust/Swanson truck rolled onto its driver’s side and came to rest facing southbound, along the west roadway edge. The southbound vehicle rotated, staying on its wheels, and came to rest near the center of the roadway, facing north.
Allied Fire and First Responders, the St. Croix Fire Department, the Osceola Fire Department, the St. Croix Falls Fire Department, the St. Croix Falls and Osceola Police Departments, the Life Link air ambulance service and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office assisted.
This crash is still being investigated by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.