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UPDATED: Slippery roads blamed for death of Grantsburg woman

A rural Grantsburg woman died Friday morning when she lost control of her car on a snow-covered road and slid into the path of a semi-tractor on Hwy. 87 in Polk County.

The driver was identified Monday as Cynthia L. Throngard, 61, of Grantsburg,

A death notice on the Swedburg-Taylor Funeral Home website indicated a visitation was set for Tuesday evening, March 25, and a funeral service Wednesday, March 26, at Grace Baptist Church. Grantsburg.

According to a press release from the Polk County sheriff, his department was notified at 10:19 a.m. Friday, March 21, of a crash involving a passenger car and a commercial motor vehicle about a quarter of a mile north of 250th Avenue in the town of Sterling.

Deputies, the local first responder and emergency medical services were dispatched to the scene.

Deputies investigating the crash found that a 1999 Peterbilt semi-tractor pulling a loaded hopper-style trailer owned by Lucky Oats Farm of Grantsburg was traveling south on Hwy. 87 when a northbound 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser slid out of control on snow-covered roads and slid into the southbound lane into the path of the semi.

Both vehicles coming to rest in the east ditch.

The driver and lone occupant of car was pronounced dead at the scene by a deputy Polk County medical examiner.

The driver of the semi, Brian Louis, 44, of Grantsburg, was not injured.

Weather and road conditions are believed to be the primary factors in this crash.

The accident remains under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and the medical examiner’s office, with assistance from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit, Northland Ambulance Service and the Cushing Fire Department.

This is the 4th traffic fatality in Polk County in 2014.