Truck collision on Highway 81 results in one death

A 65-year-old man from Darlington passed away after his farm tractor was hit from behind by a semi-truck at around 5:30 in the evening on Thursday, January 14. The accident took place on Highway 81 in Seymour, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Authorities from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office stated that the man was driving his International Harvester, which was carrying a round bale of corn stalks at the time, when a 2009 Mack semi-truck driven by 45-year-old Timothy Klaas from Fennimore struck him from behind.

The collision ejected the driver of the tractor from his vehicle. When medical responders arrived at the scene, they found the 65-year-old man unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the site of the collision. The driver of the semi-truck sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County for treatment. He has since been released, according to Sheriff Reg M. Gill.

The accident is still being investigated.


Seven children injured in school bus crash

According to a report by WKOW 27, a school bus accident occurred at around 7:30 a.m. on Welch Prairie Road outside of New Lisbon in Juneau County and led to the injuries of seven students on January 6. The authorities from the Juneau County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene and found the school bus flipped on its side in the ditch along the side of the road. Emergency responders and several civilian witnesses assisted in extracting the students from the overturned vehicle.

The investigation showed that thirty students were inside the school bus at the time of the accident. Seven of the students, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, were brought by ambulances to Hess Memorial Hospital. Other students were transported to medical facilities by their parents.

The reason for the accident is still unknown, and an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol is underway.

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More than 300,000 Ford vehicles recalled over headlight concerns

Ford recently issued a recall for 313,000 older-model vehicles over concerns that the headlights in these vehicles could shut off suddenly. In a filing made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this recall affects Mercury Grand Marquis and Crown Victorias from model years 2003-2005.

According to Ford’s filing, certain solder joints in the lighting control modules of affected vehicles can crack, which leave the vehicle’s headlights at risk of suddenly and unexpectedly turning off. So far, 11 crashes have been blamed on this specific defect.

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Firefighter killed in Marquette County crash

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, a 56-year-old volunteer firefighter who was in the process of responding to a crash on Interstate 39 in Marquette County was killed when a second vehicle struck him at around 4:30 in the afternoon. He was identified in a news release by the state patrol as a resident of Endeavor. While the news release did not identify the man or his department affiliation, it was made clear that the victim was one of several fire response teams from nearby communities to report to the scene of the accident.

Based on the news report, a northbound vehicle drove over the center line, crashed into a mile marker, and struck the firefighter. The 56-year-old victim was transported to Divine Savior Hospital in Portage after the incident, and he was later taken to the trauma center at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. He later died of severe injuries.


Dane County crash kills police officer

According to McFarland Police Chief Craig Sherven, a 33-year-old McFarland K9 police officer was pronounced dead at the scene when his squad car was struck by a pickup truck in a head-on collision in the town of Albion at around noon on November 23.

A spokesperson for the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Elise Schaffer, identified the suspect as a 25-year-old woman from Fitchburg who was working as a wildlife biologist for the Department of Natural Resources. The woman was driving on County Highway N when her DNR pickup truck crossed the center line and hit the police officer’s squad car head-on.

The suspect sustained minor injuries in the car accident and was brought to the Mercy Hospital in Janesville in order to receive treatment. The officer killed in the crash was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released by authorities immediately, and the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

 


Crash leaves three injured, one dead

An accident in St. Croix County on Sunday, November 8, left a 61-year-old River Falls man dead and three other people injured. According to a witness, an 18-year-old man was driving a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix southbound on STH 65 just past Wagner Drive when his vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a northbound 2007 Buick Lucerne that was being driven by the 61-year-old victim.

The St. Croix County Medical Examiner pronounced the Buick driver dead at the scene. The 18-year-old driver of the Pontiac was brought to Hudson Hospital and was later transferred to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. The Pontiac was also carrying two passengers, a 26-year-old woman from Chippewa Falls and a 26-year-old man from Eau Claire. The passengers were also injured and transported to Regions Hospital as well.

According to reports, everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seatbelt except for the male Pontiac passenger.

STH 65 was shut down for five hours after the accident. The crash remains under the investigation of St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office.

 


Driver trapped in truck after crash

At around 12:30 a.m. October 6, on Interstate 41 in Germantown, a dump truck hit the Freistadt Road Bridge, causing the vehicle to roll over and temporarily trap the 62-year-old Milwaukee driver in the cab.

Investigations found that the dump truck was hauling asphalt around the area for road improvements. The operator failed to lower the truck box after delivering a load, allowing the elevated box to collide with the bridge. This caused the truck to separate from the box and roll over onto its roof.

The Germantown Fire Department removed the driver, who sustained non-life threatening injuries, from the vehicle. He was transported to Froedtert Hospital in a Flight for Life helicopter.

The northbound lanes of the highway were closed for approximately three hours following the accident.

Speed and alcohol were ruled out as causing factors in the crash.

This was a very fortunate situation in which no one was severely injured. There are many cases, however, in which a truck driver’s negligence causes significant damage or injury to innocent individuals. If you have been involved in a truck accident, contact the attorneys at [firm-name] by calling our Lake Geneva office at [phone-number].


19-year-old facing 3 counts of homicide after crash

Earlier this month, 19 year old Andre Carroll was involved in a crash that killed three people in East Troy, Wisconsin. The fatal accident occurred when Carroll fell asleep at the wheel. According to Lake Geneva Regional News, Carroll is now being charged with second-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and knowingly operating a motor vehicle without a valid license causing death. If Carroll is convicted of all charges, he may face 56 years in prison and a total of $160,000 in fines.

Two witnesses both stated that they saw Carroll’s SUV cross the center line on South Highway 20 before observing a ball of flame erupting suddenly. Carroll’s SUV was said to have hit two motorcycles carrying three individuals. One man was pronounced dead on the scene while his wife and the third individual both sustained serious injuries.

Carroll admitted to the police that he had never held a valid driver’s license. He had been drinking and smoking marijuana the previous day and still proceeded to drive despite a noted lack of sleep.

 


Police car responding to a crash hit by another vehicle

A county sheriff’s police car was hit by another vehicle while it was parked at the scene of another accident. The incident took place on the morning of September 18 at I-43 on 6th Street.

Deputies responded to the scene of an accident at around 5:16 am, and while properly parked in the road’s distress lane, a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee hit one of the police cars. No deputies were injured in the collision, but the driver of the Jeep had to be removed from his vehicle by members of the Milwaukee Fire Department. He was taken to the hospital after suffering non-fatal injuries.

The police department of Milwaukee has an on-going investigation into the car accident and reports have not been released.

Accidents like this occur all over the United States, and in far too many, unsuspecting and innocent motorists are forced to deal with serious injuries and devastating property damage. If you were injured because of a negligent driver, please speak with our Lake Geneva personal injury lawyers at [firm-name] by calling [phone-number] and learn more about what our experienced team can do for you.


Keyless ignition system sparks suit against car makers

Major car makers have been sued by 28 plaintiffs after alleging a defect in keyless ignition system that has resulted in several deaths and injuries, the International Business Times reported.

The lawsuit said many drivers believed vehicles equipped with a keyless ignition system would shut down automatically as soon as they took their electronic key fobs out of the car. This misunderstanding on how the key fobs work caused many drivers to leave their car running unattended in their garages, posing a risk for carbon monoxide poisoning. The lawsuit adds that installing an auto-off feature that would automatically turn the engine off if left running for a long period of time could have prevented the risks associated with the issue.

Ten of the largest car manufacturers are involved in the lawsuits, including Toyota, Chrysler, General Motors, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan. According to the plaintiffs, 13 have died and several others have been injured due to this defect.

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