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Wisconsin auto accident on I-39 results in fatality

An accident in Waushara County, Wisconsin involving an SUV rollover led to five injuries and one death. The auto accident involved a single vehicle headed south on I-39 in Coloma Township. A lieutenant with the Waushara County Sheriff's Department said the rollover occurred after the vehicle left the highway for unknown reasons. All six passengers were ejected from the 2001 Lincoln SUV by the force of the impact.

A 23-year-old occupant was killed directly by the crash, and others were listed in serious condition. Emergency responders reported the smell of alcohol during rescue efforts, and investigators think that none of the occupants were using seat belts. The driver of the SUV was reportedly returning from a trip to Madison, Wisconsin, according to the lieutenant.

The five seriously injured occupants were treated for injuries at Marshfield, Neenah and Madison hospitals, and their recovery status was not available. The time of the accident was 6 a.m., and closure of I-39 south lasted until around 10 a.m. The specific cause of the auto accident remained under investigation at the time of this report, and it is unknown whether victims or families intend to pursue civil claims against the driver.

Whether this accident was caused by a distracted or drunk driver, the injured occupants and family of the deceased are likely to face pain and suffering beyond the typical liability insurance policy. Medical expenses always accompany a serious injury, and there is significant risk of brain injury or permanent disability. Results of a police accident investigation may be of use to victims in pursuit of compensation, but it is never too early to speak with a personal injury attorney about the potential for a claim.

Source: WAOW.com, "Woman killed, five hurt when SUV rolls over," Robert Imrie, April 1, 2013 

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