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Car accident near La Crosse leaves one dead, two badly injured

Local newspapers have just a few reporters and editors, making it difficult to devote resources to articles about car accidents. Even when lives are ended or torn apart in the accidents, the newspapers are simply unable to devote more than few terse words about who died, who was injured and who might be at fault for the crash.

That appears to be the case with a recent car accident not far from La Crosse. One young woman was killed and two people were critically injured in the wreck, but local media outlets were able to devote just a few paragraphs to the tragedy.

The woman killed in the Jackson County crash at the intersection of state Highway 54 and county Highway H was just 23 years old and from Lyndon Station.

The crash was Friday evening at about 7:50. That's when a pick-up truck hit car she was riding in with a Portage man, 24 years old.

The pick-up driver, 35, of Black River Falls, was driving on Highway H, law enforcement officials said, but apparently didn't stop at the intersection of Highway 54. His truck slammed into the southbound car driven by the Portage man and carrying the Lyndon Station woman.

Those two were reportedly trapped in the vehicle after the crash. Emergency workers hurried to extricate and treat the crash victims but the woman died before she could be freed from the wreckage.

The Portage man was taken in critical condition to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, here in La Crosse.

The Black River Falls man had been thrown from his pick-up truck and was also taken in critical condition to a hospital, though local media outlets were unable to say which hospital he was taken to.

We could not find media updates on the medical conditions of the two men.

Our law firm handles the kinds of cases described here. For more information, visit our La Crosse car accidents page.

Source:, "Lyndon Station woman dies in car crash," Aug. 15, 2012

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