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UPDATED: Two men seriously hurt in pre-dawn crash

A man from Hammond and another from Glenwood City both remained hospitalized in serious condition late Tuesday morning, a day after their cars collided head-on on Hwy. 128 near 80th Avenue in the town of Springfield. The scene was about a mile north of Hwy. 12.

Injured were Richard Clemens, 36, of Hammond and Jonathan Nitchals, 27, from Glenwood City. Both men were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash but had to be extricated by firefighters from Glenwood City and United Fire Woodville before they could be transported.

One man was reportedly helicoptered from the Baldwin Area Medical Center to Regions Hospital in St. Paul while the second was transported by ground unit directly to Regions from the scene.

Scott Knudson, chief deputy with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department, said authorities were advised of the crash at 5:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11th. Some roads were slippery at the time but weather didn't appear to be a factor in the crash, he said.

Investigation indicated Clemens was northbound on Hwy. 128, operating a 2001 Saturn four-door when he crossed the centerline and collided head-on with the southbound Nichals, who was driving a 1992 Buick four-door. Both men were wearing seat belts.

The road was closed for just more than two hours while the men were freed, measurements taken and wreckage cleared, Knudson said.

Deputies are doing a reconstruction of the crash.

Also assisting deputies at the crash were Baldwin and Glenwood City EMS and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Steve Dzubay

Steve Dzubay has been publisher at the River Falls Journal and Hudson Star Observer from 1995-2016. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. He previously worked as a reporter-photographer at small daily newspapers in Minnesota and is past editor of the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal.