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Car, van collide north of Beldenville

A head-on crash between a van and a car north of Beldenville late Tuesday morning left the five occupants with minor injuries.

Pierce County authorities were notified of the Highway 65 crash, near 750th Street at 11:47 a.m.

Sheriff's Investigator Doug Ducklow said preliminary investigation showed that a white Chevy van, driven by Richard Ritzinger, 84, River Falls, was northbound and a red Chevy car, driven by Brianna Glisczinksi, 28, River Falls, was southbound when the car crossed the centerline and collided with the van.

Duane O'Neil, 59, River Falls, was a passenger in the Ritzinger van, while Glisczinski had her two children, ages 1 and 2. The five were taken to River Falls Area Hospital, where a spokesperson said that two of the occupants are still being treated. She declined to reveal their names.

Ellsworth fire and ambulance personnel responded. Highway 65 was temporarily closed for about 40 minutes.

Ducklow said the crash remains under investigation.