About 170 miles due north of La Crosse, one man was killed and two other people severely injured in an auto accident on Friday night, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.
The man killed was 82 years old and from Tinley Park, Illinois. He was driving a 2012 Dodge van south on Highway 53 when he drove onto the exit for Highway 70 and then directly into the path of a pick-up truck going west on 70.
The pick-up slammed into the van on the driver's side.
A woman in the van, 80, suffered life-threatening injuries. She was taken to a nearby medical center. Also suffering life-threatening injuries was the driver of the pick-up, 36, the Highway Patrol said.
He was airlifted to a Minnesota hospital where he was later listed in good condition.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing, as is an analysis of a fatal crash about 60 miles southwest of La Crosse.
That collision was on Highway 76 near Rossville, according to the Iowa State Patrol.
A GMC pick-up truck apparently crossed the yellow line and crashed head-on into an oncoming Chevrolet Silverado.
The GMC then caught fire and was engulfed in flames before rescue workers and police arrived on the scene.
The driver of the GMC was killed, officials said.
The driver of the other vehicle, 29, of Waukon, was accompanied by his two brothers and father. The three brothers were taken to a nearby hospital; the father was airlifted to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital here in La Crosse, where he was later listed in good condition.
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Source: Duluth News Tribune, "State Patrol IDs victims of fatal crash in Northwestern Wisconsin," Sept. 1, 2012