NEWS RELEASE – OCTOBER 17, 2006
10/02/06, 7:20 PM, Lincoln Township, 80th Avenue, .5 mi. W. of 60th Street, CODY J. PLOSAY, 17, Amery, was
traveling eastbound driving a tractor pulling a chopper and chopper box when he
pulled toward the side of the road to allow a car to pass. Plosay indicated
that as he did, the tires of the chopper box caught the shoulder, causing the
chopper box to enter the ditch, tipping onto its side. The tractor and chopper
were removed from the scene.
10/06/06, 4:55 PM, Osceola Twp., STH 35, .3 mi. N. of 113th Avenue, #1—CAROLYN G. STINEMAN, 48, St. Croix Falls; #2—DEBORAH L. KOBS, 44,
Star Prairie; Unit 1 was traveling north on STH 35. Units 2 and 3 were in
front of unit 1. When units 2 and 3 began to slow/stop for road maintenance.
Unit 1 was unable to stop in time. Unit 1 rear-ended unit 2. Unit 2 was then
pushed into unit 3 (TABITHA A. WEGNER, 22, Osceola). All units sustained minor
damage and were driven from the scene.
10/08/06, 10:30 AM, Alden Twp., STH 65 at CTH K/60th Avenue, #1—WILLIAM T. HOUSTON, 49, Stillwater, MN; #2—ROBERT J. BARTSCHENFELD,
43, Amery; Unit 1 was traveling eastbound on CTH K. Unit 2 was traveling
southbound on Hwy 65 and had the right of way. Driver and front passenger are
unsure if unit 1 stopped at the stop sign but state unit 1 then pulled out in
front of them onto Hwy 65. Driver of unit 2 states he could not swerve in time
to miss hitting unit 1. Driver of unit 1 was flown to Regions hospital in St.
Paul and stated later he does not remember what happened after stopping for the
stop sign. Both drivers were injured and attended by EMS; along with passengers
in unit 2—DARLA K. BARTSCHENFELD, 43, Amery; and CHAD M. BARTSCHENFELD, 13,
Amery. ( Driver of unit 1 was not wearing safety equipment. All parties in unit
2 were wearing safety equipment.)
10/12/06, 1 AM, Milltown Twp, STH 35, .1 mi. S. of 210th Av, KEVIN D. ELFERS, 45, St. Croix Falls, was northbound on STH 35 when the
driver lost control on the ice-covered roads. Unit 1 drove off the east edge of
the roadway and struck a “No Passing Zone” sign.
10/08/06, 12:25 AM, Clam Falls Twp., CTH W, 200’ E. of 110th Street, JOSHUA J. PIERRE, 19, Luck, was eastbound on CTH W, 200’ past 110th Street, lost control and drove into the north ditch, causing damage to the front
bumper and driver’s side/front quarter. Driver cited for failure to notify
police of accident.
10/11/06, 10:53 PM, Osceola Twp., STH 35, 300’ N. of 240th Avenue, #1—JENNIE L. CARTER, 43, Dresser; #2—CRAIG J. ROCHEL, 21, Shafer, MN;
Unit 1 was observed leaving the Augie’s Bar parking lot. Unit 1 made a right
hand turn and traveled northbound on highway 35. Unit 1 was reported to have
been in the southbound lane by driver of unit 2. Unit 2 traveling southbound,
attempts to avoid unit 1, striking unit 1 on driver’s front corner. Unit 2
enters the western ditch. Unit 1 comes to rest on the center line on highway
35. Driver of unit 1 was medically transported (both drivers wearing safety
equipment). Driver of unit 1 cited for OMVWI.
10/12/06, 5:00 AM, Alden Twp., STH 65, 200’ W of CTH C,
JOHN A. GABBERT, 47, Centuria. Deputy was dispatched to a van that had hit a
power pole. The crash was called in at 5:17 a.m. I arrived at 5:47 a.m. and
the operator was not at the scene. The power pole was broken off and the power
lines were hanging low over STH 65. Xcel Energy was contacted and Amery Fire
stayed on the scene due to low wires. Operator of unit 1 called at 10:06 a.m.
and said he had swerved to miss a deer. He then called a friend to come and
pick him up. Driver cited for failure to report an accident to police.
10/14/06, 8:40 PM, Balsam Lake Twp., CTH I, .2 mi. E. of
130th Street, JACOB D. FROKJER, 25, Balsam Lake, hit a deer on the
10/14/06, 5:43 PM, Balsam Lake Twp., USH 8, .5 mi. E. of
170th Street, #1—AMY M. LULLO, 20, Cumberland; #2—MITCHELL J.
EVERETT, 28, Centuria; Unit 2 was traveling eastbound on Hwy 8. Unit 1 was
traveling eastbound on Highway 8. Unit 2 passed unit 1. Unit 1 then went into
the right lane to pass unit 2. Unit 2 changed into the right land, causing unit
1 to enter gravel shoulder. Unit 1 went left of center, colliding with north
ditch and overturning.
10/15/06, 7:29 PM, St. Croix Falls Twp., Polk County Deputy
ANDREW J. VITALIS, 28, was traveling in a marked patrol car in emergency mode,
eastbound, in a two-lane section of USH 8. A deer ran onto USH 8 from the south
to the north, directly in front of unit 1. Unit 1 struck the deer with the left