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At approximately 11:30 p.m. on July 2, the Polk County Sheriff’s Dispatch began receiving calls regarding a two-vehicle collision on Highway 35 just north of 90th Avenue in the Town of Osceola.

According to a press release received from the Sheriff’s Department, upon arrival at the scene, it was discovered that there were two GMC pickup trucks that had met near the center line, nearly head on. In one of the pickup trucks was a single male occupant and in the other pickup truck was a male and a female. All of the occupants seemed to have sustained substantial injuries. Ambulance, first responders, and fire units were called to the scene and air ambulances were also utilized.

The lone male was initially transported to the Osceola Medical Center but was later taken to Regions by air ambulance. The male and female in the other vehicle had succumbed to their injuries and passed away while still on the scene. They were identified as 58-year-old Scott L. Brust and 53-year-old Lisa M. Swanson from Cushing.

The Sheriff’s Office reports in their press release that during the course of their investigation, it was discovered that the lone male was traveling south bound on Highway 35 while Brust and Swanson were traveling north bound and they met near the center of the roadway, with the impact area of damage beginning in the north bound travel lane. After the collision took place, both vehicles ended up in the south bound lane.

Brust and Swanson’s pickup rolled onto the driver’s side and ended up along the west roadway edge while the lone male’s pickup stayed upright and came to a rest near the center of the roadway, facing north. The crash is still being investigated by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The Polk County’s Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Allied Fire and First Responders, the St Croix Fire Department, the Osceola Fire Department, the St. Croix Falls Fire Department, the St Croix Falls and Osceola Police Departments, the Life Link air ambulance service, and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office.