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Two River Falls students crash by bridge

Winter driving is upon us. That means it’s time to slow down, especially before reaching bridges that often have icy pavements.

With overnight snowflakes and frost, bridge surfaces across Pierce County had a slippery coating early Wednesday morning, Oct. 23.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department reported two accidents, one right after the other, around 7:30 a.m., on County Road F by the Clifton Hollow Bridge.

Fortunately, neither driver was badly hurt. Both are River Falls High School students – a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl.

Within minutes of each other, both lost control and slid into the ditch. River Falls Ambulance was called.

The teen drivers were checked out by EMTs and released without being taken to the hospital.

Their damaged cars had to be towed. There were no passengers.

Pierce County Sgt. Chad Koranda said it’s best, particularly this time of year, for drivers to approach any bridge with caution, adding: “If you begin slowing down on the bridge, it’s too late.”