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Firefighters and EMS personnel worked to free two victims from a passenger car which collided with a semi- about 7:45 a.m. Saturday, south of Roberts.

MONDAY UPDATE: Three hurt in semi, car crash; numerous slide-ins, crashes reported

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MONDAY UPDATE: Three hurt in semi, car crash; numerous slide-ins, crashes reported
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The driver of a car that collided with a semi-truck on Hwy. 65 during Saturday's snowstorm was in fair condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul as of 11 a.m. Monday.


Mary Jacobson, 47, Woodville, and her passenger were both extricated from their car by River Falls firefighters and taken to Regions after the accident that occurred at about 8 a.m. Saturday.

Jacobson's passenger is a juvenile. The Wisconsin State Patrol did not release that name so no condition report could be obtained.

Chad Pendergrass, 27, Oak Grove, Minn., who was driving the Stan Koch and Sons semi involved in the accident was taken to River Falls Area Hospital Saturday to be checked out.

The accident occurred curve on Hwy. 65, just south of County Road N in the town of Kinnickinnic.

The highway was closed to traffic from County Road N on the north to County Road JJ on the south for nearly two hours Saturday morning.

The crash was among the first serious accidents since the sudden onset of winter, overnight Friday. The weather change began with light rain late evening Friday. By dawn Saturday, much of the region was coated in heavy slush with a light topping of snow. Conditions changed rapidly.

About 9:30 a.m., Pierce deputies and River Falls police responded to a two-car crash on Hwy. 65 near 770th Street. While first reports indicated the drivers were hurt, neither needed to be extricated but one was later arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Mid-afternoon Saturday, a two-vehicle collision closed CTH F in the town of Clifton for a time while Pierce and St. Croix deputies sorted out the mess. Radio reports indicated injuries weren't life-threatening.

Deputies and fire crews in St. Croix County responded to several calls of downed powerlines, caused by accidents and tree branches which surrendered to the heavy, wet snow.