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Warm weather plays role in accidents

While the warm weather was enjoyed by many this past weekend, it has made for some slippery driving adventures.

It was the believed cause of multiple accidents reported to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department from the last couple of days.

An accident was reported 10:22 p.m. Saturday at Hwy. 35 near 570th Street in the Town of Isabelle, where a vehicle driven by Medina Ponce De Leon, 30, Plum City, overturned. De Leon was traveling south on 35 when he lost control, left the roadway and entered the ditch. His vehicle overturned and came to rest on its top.

In the vehicle were two passengers, Michelle M. Duren, 31, and Ronald J. Schumacher, both of Plum City. De Leon and Duren were taken by Ellsworth Ambulance to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center, where they were both treated and released. Schumacher wasn't injured.

The Ellsworth Fire Department assisted at the scene and that accident remains under investigation.

Another accident occurred at approximately 7:10 a.m. Monday on Hwy. 63 near CTH KK in the Town of Trimbelle, when Julie Klecker, 47, Ellsworth, rolled her vehicle, a 1996 Geo Tracker.

Klecker was heading south on 63 when she started swerving, tried to recover, fishtailed, went into the ditch and then down an embankment.

"The roads were glazed, frosty, icy and slick," she said.

Klecker had her seat belt on and was able to exit the vehicle injury-free.

"I'm very fortunate," she said. "I always wear my seat belt. I'm lucky it turned out okay."

Pierce County Sheriff's Department was on the scene.

Yet another accident occurred 7:22 a.m. Monday on the Hager Hill as the sheriff's department was notified of a rollover, this time at Hwy. 63 and 210th Avenue in the Town of Trenton.

Linda Moritz, 52, Red Wing, was south on Hwy. 63 when her vehicle, a 1997 Mercury SUV, entered the west ditch and rolled until coming to rest on its roof. She was transported by Red Wing Ambulance to Fairview Red Wing Medical Center with undetermined injuries. She was released Monday morning.

Ellsworth Fire Department assisted at the scene and, according to Pierce County Sheriff's Sergeant Tom Gunderson, the accident was under investigation.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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