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Wisconsin men killed in tractor-trailer crash

It's about a three-hour drive from La Crosse to Pine River, Wisconsin. It's a small, quiet town with a population of less than 2,000 people. Unfortunately, the town known for its old, covered bridge, tart apples and scenic horseback riding trails is now mourning the loss of two of its residents in a recent tractor-trailer crash just outside of Holstein, Iowa.

The men, 55 years old and 38 years old, were sitting in a Pontiac G6 car in stopped traffic in a construction zone when a semi-trailer slammed into the back of their vehicle, state police said.

The 18-wheeler rammed the Wisconsin men's car forward and into the back of another big rig directly in front them. Their car was crushed between the two large trucks and then burst into flames, according to law enforcement officials.

The crash was just before 1:30 in the afternoon.

The two Pine River men were killed in the crash. The driver of the 18-wheeler that crashed into their car was taken by paramedics to a nearby medical center. His injuries were later reported to be minor.

Traffic was stopped for a work crew doing resurfacing work on a three-mile section of Highway 20, a spot about 320 miles southwest of La Crosse.

The Pine River men were reportedly waiting for a pilot car to guide them through the construction zone; pilot cars will typically have a large sign on the back indicating that drivers should follow it safely through construction areas.

There was no word from law enforcement about why the truck driver didn't stop or slow his vehicle at the construction site.

Source:, "Police identify 2 killed in Holstein, Iowa, crash," June 19, 2012

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