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Wisconsin crash site 'a terrible scene,' says sheriff

It doesn't get much worse than the site of a Wisconsin car accident last week. The crash was about 250 miles from La Crosse, on the other side of the state.

There in Manitowoc County, three members of a family were killed when a woman lost control of her van and smashed into the trio standing in a yard.

Killed was a 79-year-old Two Rivers man, his 75-year-old wife and their 48-year-old daughter. The three had been standing in a yard watching construction on the elderly couple's son's house.

The horrific crash was just before four in the afternoon last Wednesday. Police say they suspect the 43-year-old woman driver had been drinking alcohol that afternoon.

Toxicology tests won't be back from a lab until later this week, apparently.

The driver was injured in the crash, as was her six-year-old son.

"It was not a pretty scene," said the sheriff of the accident site. "It was a terrible scene."

The three family members apparently all died of blunt force trauma.

The sheriff said the three were standing in the son's yard, watching roof repair being done. The man reportedly witnessed the accident that took the lives of his mother, father and sister.

The sheriff described him as "very traumatized."

The van reportedly veered off of the road, through a ditch and into the yard, where it struck the three. The vehicle continued across the yard and rammed into a tree, where it came to a stop.

The family of the victims is obviously forever, horribly altered by this accident. Nothing can bring their loved ones back.

We wish the son and other members of the family the best as they try to come to terms with this tragedy.

Source: ABC: "Sheriff Calls Crash Killing 3 People 'A Terrible Scene'," Kristin Byrne, Oct. 13, 2011

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