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UPDATE: Ellsworth man dies from injuries in Highway 10 crash

Highway 10 and County Road J was the scene of a head-on collision Wednesday, June 21 at about 4:35 p.m. Two people were airlifted from the scene. Jalen Knuteson / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 4
A 2007 Chrysler Pacifica and and a 2002 Pontiac collided head-on Wednesday, June 21 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 10 and County Road J in the town of Trimbelle. Jalen Knuteson / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 4
a firefighter looks on as one of two medical transport helicopters lands on County Road J Wednesday, June 20 at the site of a head-on collision. Jalen Knuteson / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 4
A second medical transport helicopter lands at the scene of a two-car head-on crash Wednesday, June 21 at U.S. Highway 10 and County Road J in the town of Trimbelle. It was not immediately known which hospitals the patients were transported to. Jalen Knuteson / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 4

TOWN OF TRIMBELLE -- A 30-year-old Ellsworth man died Thursday, June 22 as a result of injuries he sustained in a head-on collision Wednesday, June 21.

A news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol said Jason Hart succumbed to his injuries Thursday morning. 

A fundraiser website has been established for Hart's wife Emily, who is expecting the couple's baby in a few weeks. You can find more information and donate here.

Wisconsin State Patrol troopers responded to the scene of the crash at about 4:35 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 10 and County Road J in the town of Trimbelle.

A 2007 Chrysler Pacifica, driven by 68-year-old Gail Leonard, of Ellsworth, was traveling westbound on Highway 10 and a 2002 Pontiac car, driven by Hart, was heading eastbound near the intersection of J when they collided in the westbound lane.

Leonard had to be extricated from her vehicle and was airlifted by North Memorial Air Care with life-threatening injuries. Hart was airlifted by Life Link III with life-threatening injuries. The news release does not state to which hospitals they were flown. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, which remains under investigation. Alcohol use was not a factor.

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies directed traffic around the scene, keeping one lane of Highway 10 open. The State Patrol cleared the scene at 7:14 p.m.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Ellsworth Fire and EMS, Life Link III Medical Air Transport and North Memorial Air Care assisted the Wisconsin State Patrol at the scene.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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