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River Falls Fire, EMS and Police were called to a two-car head-on collision at about 8:57 p.m. Tuesday, March 18.1 / 2
A head-on collision Tuesday night, March 18, caused severe damage to both vehicles involved.2 / 2

Many area crashes were reported late Tuesday night , March 18, as heavy, wet snow fell until morning.

In River Falls, two cars were severely damaged in a head-on collision on the Hwy. 35/65 bypass over East Division Street just before 9 p.m.

Jenna Lavelle, 22 of Circle Pines Minn. was driving south on Hwy. 35/65, and Brian Wilson, 50 of Roberts, was heading north, when the two vehicles collided, according to Police Chief Roger Leque. 

River Falls police, fire and EMS were called to the scene. Leque said Lavelle was extracted from her vehicle, and taken to the hospital by ambulance for non-life threatening injuries. Wilson was not transported by ambulance for injuries. 

The bypass was briefly closed while rescuers attended to the injured.

As part of Tuesday night's busy activitiy, River Falls firefighters were sent to a reported exploded transformer at County Road MM and Townsvalley Road in the town of Troy.

Around 9 p.m. a passerby reported that the transformer had exploded and was on fire, according to Moody. When firefighters arrived, Moody said the transformer was no longer ablaze. 

The utility company was contacted to check it out.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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