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Separate crashes leave 2 injured in Pierce County

Two drivers were hospitalized in separate crashes Tuesday evening on Pierce County roads.

The first crash, reported at 5:47 p.m. Nov. 14 on 410th Avenue in the town of Ellsworth, left Arkansaw resident Jordan Pittman with undisclosed injuries. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said the 28-year-old was taken by Ellsworth EMS to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

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Deputies said Pittman was eastbound on 410th Avenue when his Ford pickup truck left the roadway, entered a ditch and struck a tree near County Road C.

The next crash occurred at 6:54 p.m. on Highway 128 in the town of Spring Lake, where a semi-trailer driven by Somerset resident Carl J. Torkelson crashed and jackknifed.

The sheriff’s office said the 72-year-old lost control of a 2006 Peterbilt semi, which struck a guardrail before jackknifing and spilling a partial corn load.

Torkelson was transported by Spring Valley EMS to Western Wisconsin Health in Baldwin. The extent of his injuries was also not released.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is a regional/enterprise reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage includes St. Croix County government, higher education and state politics in Wisconsin. 

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