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2017 story: Cottage Grove man killed in head-on crash

A Cottage Grove man died late Sunday in a two-vehicle, head-on crash near the Gas Lite Bar & Grill between Prescott and Ellsworth.

Jacob T. Stanger, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene in the town of Trimbelle, according to a Pierce County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Ellsworth Area Ambulance transported Charles E. Hill, 38, Ellsworth, to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with undisclosed injuries. A Regions spokeswoman said Hill was in fair condition Monday morning.

Deputies were notified of the crash at 10:16 p.m. March 19 near County Road O and U.S. Highway 10. The initial investigation shows that Hill, driving a 2012 Ford F350 westbound on Highway 10 and Stanger, driving an eastbound 2008 Infiniti G37, collided head on. Both occupants were alone in their vehicles.

HIghway 10 was closed for approximately three hours. Pierce County Highway Department provided traffic control while the Wisconsin State Patrol completed a crash reconstruction.

Ellsworth Fire, along with the agencies listed above, assisted Pierce County Sheriff’s Office on the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

Editor's note: This story is from March 2017.