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UPDATE: St. Paul woman identified as crash victim

Photo by Niles Taylor The accident scene Monday morning near New Richmond on County Road A.

A 61-year-old St. Paul, Minn., woman heading to work in New Richmond has been identified as the individual who died early Monday in a head-on collision in a curve on CTH A, just north of CTH G.

Yeng Yang was pronounced dead by deputy St. Croix County Medical Examiner Jeff Stacken shortly after the 5:41 a.m. crash.

The driver of the other car, Kelly Wilcox, 31, of Maplewood, Minn., was transported by ambulance to Westfields Hospital in New Richmond with undetermined injuries. A passenger in Wilcox' 2010 Chevrolet Impala -- Allen Matheus, 35, of St. Paul -- was transported directly to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. He was listed in good condition just before noon, Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

When sheriff's deputies, New Richmond police, fire and EMS personnel arrived on the scene, about a quarter-mile north of CTH G, the roadway was icy in spot so officials believe weather was a factor in the crash.

Firefighters had to extricate either Matheus or Wilcox from the car.

Evidence at the scene indicated Yang lost control of her 1993 Toyota Camry and was struck on the passenger side by Wilcox' southbound car while entering the curve. Both cars came to rest on the edge of the southbound lane and partially in the ditch.

The highway in the town of Richmond remained closed until the investigation was concluded and cars removed at 7:35 a.m.

A sheriff's department press release stated all three individuals were wearing safety belts.

Yang's body was removed to the Cullen Crea Funeral Home in New Richmond, pending arrangements.

Her death was the first on St. Croix County roads this year.

Captain Jeff Klatt said Yang was apparently en route to work at Accelerated Plastics, 1574 Madison Ave. off West Richmond Way and just a short distance from the crash scene. The firm is described on its web site as fast turnaround, plastics prototyping business. No one answered the phone at the business early Monday afternoon.

Wilcox had just left her job at the St. Croix Correctional Center, Klatt said.

By late morning Monday, the only indication the accident had occurred was a single red flag stuck in gravel on the shoulder and a scattering of road salt on pavement where the curve begins, indicating highway maintenance crews had passed through earlier. At 11 a.m., the pavement was ice-free and dry.

Sunday's rain and snowfall left many north-south roads in St. Croix County drifted and slippery.