One person was airlifted to Regions Hospital yesterday after a crash and car fire north of St. Croix Falls on Highway 87. The driver of the other car was brought to an area hospital.
On July 22, 2019, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a two car head on crash on State Highway 87 in the 1600 block, approximately three miles north of St Croix Falls. It was reported that both drivers were injured in each of the vehicles involved. It was also reported that one of the vehicles was on fire.
The St. Croix Falls Police Department was first on scene and verified that one of the vehicles was on fire and the driver of that vehicle was trapped inside. Fire extinguishers were used by responding units until a Cemstone cement truck came upon the scene and utilized the water on board to extinguish the fire.
Preliminary investigation of the accident determined that a 2004 Volvo 4 door was southbound on Highway 87. The vehicle crossed left of center and into the path of a 2000 Honda Civic, which was traveling north. The vehicles struck in front, glancing off of each other. The Volvo began rotating and came to rest several feet to the south of area of impact, in the southbound travel lane. The Honda also began rotating. However, upon leaving the roadway, tripped and overturned in the ditch. The Honda came to rest in the east ditch, on its roof and started on fire.
The driver of the Volvo was transported by ambulance for injuries that were sustained in the crash. Life Link Air Medical transported the driver of the Honda to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities. Names of the drivers are currently being withheld.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office thanked the following agencies for assistance: St Croix Falls Police Department, St. Croix Falls Fire and First Responders, Life Link Air Ambulance, and the Lakes Area Ambulance service. They also thanked the St Croix Falls Police Department and public works, and Cemstone Inc for lifesaving actions, saying they saved the life of the trapped victim.
The crash is still under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.