Two injured in Wednesday head-on crash south of Deer Park


A Deer Park man was seriously injured Wednesday evening in a head-on crash on Highway 46, after he swerved to avoid a deer in the road.

According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, 34-year-old Jeffrey Kobs was hospitalized after the crash, reported at 6:19 p.m.near 215th Avenue in the town of Cylon.

Chief Deputy Scott Knudson said Kobs was northbound in a 2002 Kia Rio on Highway 46 when he encountered the deer and crossed the centerline, striking a 2011 Chevrolet Colorado driven by 45-year-old Brent Zehm.

Kobs was transported to Westfields Hospital in New Richmond. Zehm, of Emerald, was also injured and was taken by ambulance to a medical facility.

Knudson said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. Both men were wearing seat belts.

Kobs was cited for failure to have control of his vehicle, Knudson said.