The Ford Explorer Sport Trac collided with a 2016 Chevrolet Traverse in a fatal crash that occurred last Friday in Pierce County. Submitted photo
The Ford Explorer Sport Trac collided with a 2016 Chevrolet Traverse in a fatal crash that occurred last Friday in Pierce County. Submitted photo

Submitted by Lieutenant Herman Kreig, Pierce County Sheriff's Office

ELLSWORTH, WI – On Friday November 23, 2018 at approximately 12:13 pm, Deputies from the Pierce County (PC) Sheriff’s Office responded to State Road 35 near 747th Street in the Trenton Township for a two-vehicle accident with injuries.

Scene investigation determined that a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac with a lone occupant was operated by Matthew Parker, age 42 of Red Wing, Minnesota (MN) was traveling northbound on State Road 35 when he crossed the center of the roadway to avoid a stopped vehicle waiting to take a left turn onto 747th Street.  The Ford Explorer Sport Trac then collided with a southbound, 2016 Chevrolet Traverse operated by Kevin Nash, age 47 of Mansfield, South Dakota (SD). The stopped vehicle, a 1998 Ford Ranger, was operated by Matthew McRoberts, age 26 and passenger William McRoberts, age 28 both of Hager City, Wisconsin (WI); this vehicle wasn’t struck in the crash, and neither occupant was injured. 

Matthew Parker was fatally injured and pronounced deceased at the scene by Pierce County Medical Examiner John Worsing.  Occupants of the Chevrolet Traverse were transported by ground ambulances to the Mayo Hospital in Red Wing, MN with undetermined injuries and included Kevin Nash, Crystal Nash, age 47 out of Mansfield, SD and Wanda Nelson, age 70 of Bay City, WI.  Two juveniles, ages 10 and 15, both of Mansfield, SD were transported in separate helicopters to Mayo Hospital in Rochester, MN with undetermined injuries. The passenger of the Chevrolet Traverse, Richard Nelson, age 65 of Bay City, WI was not transported.

The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by Red Wing Fire/EMS, the Red Wing Police Department, the Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service, the Ellsworth Fire Department, Mayo One Helicopter, Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol.

This crash remains under investigation.