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Crews respond to Pierce County crashes

Two people were hospitalized Monday after a suspected alcohol-involved crash in rural Hager City.

Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputies responded at 4:47 p.m. Feb. 19 to Highway 63 near 830th Street for a single-vehicle crash. The driver, Mondovi resident Emily M. Kent, and her passenger, 40-year-old Crystal R. Sanders Mendez, were taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Wing with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigation revealed Kent was southbound when she lost control of the vehicle, which overturned in a ditch. Deputies said alcohol was a factor in the crash.

It was the second significant crash in the Hager City area in recent days.

Deputies responded at 2:36 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 35 in the town of Diamond Bluff.

One driver, 75-year-old River Falls resident Onnolee Hill, was checked by EMS crews and released from the scene with minor injuries.

Deputies determined Hill was northbound in a 2015 Subaru Outback when she crossed the centerline and struck a 2010 GMC Sierra driven by Sebeka, Minn., resident Shawna Holmquist. Neither Holmquist, 30, nor her three passengers (including two minor children) were injured.

Hill's passenger, 71-year-old River Falls resident Andrea Preszler, was also uninjured, according to deputies.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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