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Man dies after floodwaters submerge vehicle in St. Croix County

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: June 29, 2020 10:24 PM
Created: June 29, 2020 01:55 PM

A 70-year-old Wisconsin man died Monday morning after floodwaters submerged his vehicle.

The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the area of U.S. Highway 63 and County Highway E in Baldwin Township at about 5:15 a.m. on a report of a single-vehicle crash.

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Preliminary investigation indicates a 2001 Dodge Grand Caravan was being driven west by Gary J. Parent, of Emerald, Wis., when the van drove into water that was flooding the roadway. Parent then lost control of the vehicle, which entered the north ditch and was inundated with water, eventually becoming completely submerged, the sheriff's office said.

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Parent was extricated by members of United Fire and Rescue and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The crash remains under investigation.


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