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UPDATE: New Richmond man killed in 2-vehicle crash

Sheriff’s deputies were called to a two-vehicle crash at 7:28 a.m. at Highway 63 and County Road G in the town of Emerald, where a New Richmond man was pronounced dead at the scene. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia

Authorities said the rising morning sun may have been a factor in a Thursday crash that killed a New Richmond man.

The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office said 27-year-old Joshua J. Derrick was killed in the two-vehicle crash that left a second driver hospitalized. That man, 49-year-old Brian W. Holldorf of Baldwin, was take to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with undisclosed injuries.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the crash at 7:28 a.m. at Highway 63 and County Road G in the town of Emerald. A sheriff's office news release states Derrick was in a 2014 Ford Focus eastbound on County Road G when it failed to stop at a stop sign. The Focus struck Holldorf's 2002 Ford F-350 pickup truck, which rolled into a ditch, landing on its roof.

The crash closed Highway 63 for about five hours while officers investigated the scene.

Derrick, who was buckled up, was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner's Office. Holldorf, who was also wearing his seat belt, was transported by Baldwin EMS.

"The sun, as it was rising in the east, may have been a factor in the crash," the release states.

The crash, St. Croix County's seventh traffic fatality of the year, remains under investigation.

Deputies were assisted by the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Department of Natural Resources, Baldwin EMS, United Fire & Rescue and the county highway department.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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