UPDATE: Elmwood woman died in Monday accidentMargaret Arens-Sagstetter, 56, Elmwood, died following a two-vehicle crash south of Ellsworth Monday morning.
Margaret Arens-Sagstetter, 56, Elmwood, died following a two-vehicle crash south of Ellsworth Monday morning.
The driver of the other vehicle, Kayla Winger, 20, Ellsworth, was treated in the River Falls Area Hospital emergency room and released Monday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the accident, which occurred west of the intersection of County Road C and County Road V, at about 9:10 a.m. Monday.
Arens-Sagstetter was taken by Lifelink helicopter to Regions Hospital in St. Paul and was pronounced dead there.
Winger was taken to the River Falls hospital by Ellsworth ambulance.
Trooper Bill Traynor, one of two Wisconsin State Patrol officers who spent several hours at the scene Monday attempting to reconstruct the accident, said one of the vehicles crossed the centerline to cause the crash. The pavement was dry so the accident wasn't weather-related, he said.
The vehicles involved were a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Winger and a 1992 Dodge Colt driven by Arens-Sagstetter. Both cars were likely travelling at or near the speed limit, which is 55 mph in that area, Traynor said.
There were no passengers in either vehicle.
The crash occurred on County Road C just over a small knoll, between the two intersections of county roads V and C.
The roads remained closed to local traffic until mid-afternoon Monday.
Ellsworth ambulance and fire personnel were called shortly after 9 a.m. Monday. All available sheriff's deputies and investigators responded to assist with traffic control, as did Ellsworth Police Chief Greg Place.
A portable sign from the Pierce County Highway Department was deployed to help detour traffic as the investigation continued late Monday morning.
The accident is still under investigation, said Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Neil Gulbranson Tuesday.
Monday's accident occurred about three-quarters of a mile west of one about six years ago that took the lives of three Ellsworth residents: Todd Zimmer, 30, and his wife Michelle, 29, and daughter Haley, age 4. All died after their eastbound car collided with a westbound pickup truck on an icy, snow-covered County Road V on the evening of March 11, 2003.