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St. Croix County records 9th fatal crash this year

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St. Croix County records 9th fatal crash this year
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Monday afternoon, Aug. 20, a one-vehicle crash resulted in the death of Steven J. Berends, 29, Prairie Farm. He was driving a 1995 Ford LTL 9000 truck but not wearing a seatbelt.


Berends was driving west on County Road G about a quarter of a mile from 290th St., according to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department. Witnesses said the truck went into a south ditch for about 100 yards before hitting a tree.

Berends was extricated from the truck's cab. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the county medical examiner.

Glenwood City fire and ambulance crews along with the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted.

This is St. Croix County's ninth traffic death for 2012.

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