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Accident claims life of elderly Spring Valley man

An elderly Spring Valley man died and his wife was injured in a one-vehicle crash along Highway 29 outside of Spring Valley Wednesday afternoon.

According to Lt. Jeff Klatt of the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department, the accident happened at around 3:35 p.m. about a tenth of a mile northeast of the Pierce-St. Croix County line.

Klatt said that Peter DeGross, 72, was driving a 2005 Buick Rendezvous westbound on Highway 29 when the vehicle crossed the centerline, entered the ditch on the north side of the road and then struck a cement culvert.

Yvonne DeGross, 73, was transported from the scene by the Spring Valley Ambulance Service to Red Cedar Medical Center in Menomonie. It is the policy of the hospital not to release patient information.

The crash occurred in front of J Power Choring Equipment, just east of 890th Street in the Town of Cady.

Deputies from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department and officers from the Spring Valley Police Department closed down Highway 29 to traffic and rerouted it along 890th for several hours following the crash.

Klatt said the accident was the third fatal accident in St. Croix County this year and remains under investigation.