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Heavy fog, near-zero visibility leads to chain-reaction crash

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Heavy fog, near-zero visibility leads to chain-reaction crash
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Five vehicles got banged up in Thursday morning's dense fog on County Road FF west of Hwy. 29 in the town of River Falls. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, a 1989 Chevy truck driven by Steven Meads of rural River Falls was eastbound on FF when he swerved to avoid another car, also eastbound, that suddenly appeared in the fog ahead. Meads maneuvered over to the shoulder.


A 1997 Mercury Tracer driven by Nicole Turner, 18, and her passenger Joellen Turner, 15, both of River Falls, slowed and moved to the left of Meads' truck.

But a 2004 Ford F-150 driven by Laura Hallman, 17, of River Falls, also eastbound and right behind, then hit the rear of Turner's car.

Turner's car came to rest on the shoulder of the road in front of Meads. Hallman skidded to a stop in the middle of the road.

Following behind was a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by another River Falls teen, Nathan Soley, 17, and his passenger, Nicole Soley, 15.

Soley's car struck the rear of Hallman's truck, causing it to slide into the south ditch and Soley's car to stop in the road.

Then a 1993 Chevy Suburban driven by Nolan Malone, 16, of River Falls, also eastbound on County Road FF, struck the back of Soley's car, causing it to spin and come to rest facing southwest. Malone was able to drive the Suburban off to the shoulder.

"Miraculously, there were no injuries as a result of these (accidents)," reported Patrol Sgt. Jason Matthys, who added that everyone involved in the chain-reaction crash was buckled up.

River Falls police assisted at the crash scene.

The rising sun burned off the thick blanket of fog by mid-morning. Temperatures in River Falls rose into the forties and the rest of the day was clear with bright sunshine.

Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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