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River Falls Ambulance and Fire and the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department were called to a crash on County Road JJ just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Three women in car roll over in Kinnickinnic

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A River Falls woman was injured just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, after the 2001 Toyota Corolla she and two other women were in crashed near County Road M in the town of Kinnickinnic.

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The women were headed north on County Road JJ when the driver lost control of her car. She drove onto the east shoulder, overcorrected and went into the west ditch. The car rolled once.

According to Captain Jeff Klatt of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, the driver was Melissa L. Rauch-Borgerding, 27, of Spring Valley. Her passengers were River Falls residents Leah M. Koenings-Alvin, 31, and Lissa C. Koenings-Alvin, also 31.

Klatt said Lissa Koenings-Alvin was taken to the River Falls Area Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. Neither Rauch-Borgerding nor Leah Koenings-Alvin was treated for injuries.

The car was severely damaged.

Klatt said speeding was not a factor in the accident, nor was the road slippery.

Rauch-Borgerding was cited for failure to control her vehicle.

River Falls Ambulance and Fire were called. Crash investigation was handled by St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department.

Later Tuesday, at 11:20 p.m., River Falls firefighters were sent to a car fire just east of the city off Hwy. 29 at N8644 940th St.

The car, a 1986 Oldsmobile Ciera, is owned by Willie Hochstetler of Glenwood City. Assistant Fire Chief Mike Moody said the car was engulfed in flames when a fire crew arrived.

The car was parked between two rental units. Gas from a can had been spilled earlier in the front seat.

Moody said Hochstetler was airing out the car, had doors open but also was smoking a cigarette. Gas fumes may have ignited the blaze.

Hochstetler, with no car insurance, was able to move his girlfriend’s car so it wasn’t damaged. The car’s loss was estimated to be $1,500.

Moody said Hochstetler had minor burns to his hand and arm. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Firefighters returned to the fire hall by midnight.   

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