One person airlifted after high winds cause crash
POLK COUNTY - A 59-year-old New York woman was airlifted to a Twin Cities hospital following a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon, Jan. 19, which apparently occurred due to high winds.
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, a Dodge truck owned and operated by Roger Thompson, 62, rural Frederic, was traveling north on Hwy. 35, north of Hwy. 8, when high winds caught an enclosed snowmobile trailer Thompson was towing, causing him to lose control. The vehicle spun out into the southbound traffic land of 35 where the trailer was struck by a southbound 2011 Kia sport utility vehicle owned by Rental Car Financial Corp. and operated by Susan R. Laclair, 59 of Rochester, New York.
After the crash Laclair, along with her passenger, Carol R. VanBuskirk, 75, St. Croix Falls, were extricated from their vehicle and then transported to St. Croix Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries Laclair was transported by air ambulance to a Twin Cities hospital for further treatment of her injuries. Thompson claimed no injuries at the scene of the crash.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the crash scene by St. Croix Falls Police, St. Croix Falls Fire Department, St. Croix EMS and Unity Ambulance Service.
The crash, which occurred at approximately 3 p.m., remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s office. - with information from Polk County Sheriff's Dept.