Aitkin family injured in Wisconsin crash
An Aitkin woman faces improper child restraint charges after she and her three children were injured in a rollover crash Thursday in Wisconsin. Rochelle Trueblood, 44, Aitkin, was driving her 1999 Dodge minivan eastbound on U.S. Highway 8 at 4:23...
An Aitkin woman faces improper child restraint charges after she and her three children were injured in a rollover crash Thursday in Wisconsin.
Rochelle Trueblood, 44, Aitkin, was driving her 1999 Dodge minivan eastbound on U.S. Highway 8 at 4:23 p.m. in Rusk County near Bruce, Wis., when she lost control, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Two of her children - a 15-year-old daughter and a 3-month-old daughter - were ejected from the vehicle after it rolled multiple times, according to the report. A third child, her 4-year-old son, was not ejected, but was not restrained with a child safety or booster seat. Instead, he was restrained in a rear-position seat belt. The 3-month-old baby was restrained in a rear-position car seat.
Initial traffic charges against Trueblood include improper restraint of a child and failure to maintain control.
According to the report, Trueblood's vehicle drifted onto the south shoulder of the road and when she attempted to steer back onto the roadway, she lost control and the van rolled multiple times. The van came to rest upside down on the highway. It is unknown why Trueblood initially drifted off the roadway.
All four were transported from the scene by ambulance to Rusk County Memorial Hospital in Ladysmith. Subsequently, the 15-year-old and 3-month old were transported by helicopter to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where they have since been treated and released.
Information on the conditions of Trueblood and her 4-year-old son was unavailable due to hospital refusal to release a condition report.
The crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Assisting agencies included Rusk County Sheriff's Department, Bruce Fire Department, Bruce Ambulance, Bruce/Weyerhaeuser First Responders, Ladysmith Ambulance, Sheldon Ambulance, LMC Ambulance, LifeLink helicopter and North Memorial Air Care helicopter.