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Wisconsin accident claims life of 19-year-old student

Police investigations are ongoing after a Wisconsin man was killed in a two car crash at the intersection of County X and Highway 61 in the Town of Clayton on Sept. 18. The fatal accident took place at about 8:45 p.m. according to the Crawford County Sheriff's Department.

The 19-year-old man was entering Highway 61 from County X in his pickup truck when it was struck on the driver's side by a larger pickup truck. Both vehicles were dragged along the guardrail for several feet before coming to a stop in the middle of the roadway, engulfed in flames. The 19-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency response teams. The driver and passenger of the second pickup truck were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and were later released.

The highway was then closed for over four hours as accident reconstruction experts from the Wisconsin State Patrol took control of the scene. In attendance were members of the Gays Mills Fire Department, the Soldiers Grove Fire Department and the North Crawford Rescue Squad. The deceased man was a student at Southwest Tech. and was described as an avid hunter and fisherman.

Details about the cause of this accident will be released as the police continue their investigation, and it may emerge that recklessness was not a factor. However, automobile accidents kill or seriously injure thousands of people each year. When negligent, distracted or intoxicated drivers are responsible, victims have legal remedies available to them. An attorney experienced in wrongful death cases may be able to help the families who have lost love ones to secure monetary compensation for their loss and emotional trauma.

Source: SW News 4 U, " Driver Killed In Hwy 61 Truck Accident", Charley Preusser, September 25, 2013

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