Wreck kills teenager

LAKELAND — A Houlton, Wis., teenager was killed Thursday when he lost control of the car he was driving and collided with a tractor-trailer rig on Interstate 94 at Stagecoach Trail.

A Minnesota State Patrol report identified the victim as 16-year-old Jonathon H. Pohlen. The driver of the second vehicle was identified as Roger D. Wilkins, 51, of Eau Claire, Wis. The report said Wilkins suffered minor injuries.

The accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, several hours after a storm system moved into the region bring a heavy, wet snow. Traffic on eastbound I-94 was backed up miles for several hours after the accident. The accident also slowed traffic on Hudson Road between Manning Avenue and Woodbury Drive in Woodbury.
According to the State Patrol report, Pohlen was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt west on I-94 when he apparently lost control of the vehicle, crossed through the median and collided with Wilkin’s eastbound rig.

The accident remains under investigation.

Thursday’s accident was the second apparent weather-related fatality accident this week in the St. Croix Valley. A St. Paul man was killed early Monday morning in a two-vehicle accident on CTH 4, one mile north of CTH G ion Richmond Township, Wis.
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office said 61-year-old Yeng Yang was northbound on CTH 4 when he apparently lost control of his vehicle attempting to negotiate a curve and collided with a car driven by Kelly Wilcox, 31, of Maplewood.

Yang was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner’s office. Wilcox was taken to Westfields Hospital in New Richmond with unknown injuries and a passenger in her vehicle, Allen Matheus, 35, of St. Paul, was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with unknown injuries, according to the SCCSO.
Although Monday’s accident also remains under investigation, deputies believe weather was a factor.

“Road conditions appear to be a factor in the crash as the road was icy in spots when sheriff’s deputies arrived,” said a sheriff’s office statement.