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Police say Marathon County collisions caused by drunk driver

Seven people were injured recently in a Marathon County auto accident involving four vehicles. Police say an intoxicated 25-year-old woman from Madison caused the multi-vehicle crash, which occurred on Interstate 39.

The initial collision was between the allegedly drunk driver's car and a van. The Madison woman's car rear-ended the van, injuring the Stevens Point man who was at the wheel. Then another car came along and rear-ended the Madison woman's vehicle. The third car was followed by a fourth, driven by a young woman from Ripon. She tried to avoid a collision, and her car finally came to a rest in a ditch.

Now the woman who police say caused the series of crashes is facing a charge of drunk driving and causing injury. She was also injured and hospitalized in Wausau, and her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

A news report indicates that the injuries to the other six motorists were minor, but even minor injuries sustained in auto accidents should be monitored carefully. What may seem at first like a minor but persistent ache can become increasingly inflamed, requiring extended medical treatment. Rear-end collisions are especially likely to cause injuries that linger and become worse.

In this particular case, each of the six sober motorists will likely have grounds for a civil lawsuit. This kind of legal action can help injured parties cover the cost of damages resulting from the crash. Wisconsin has personal injury laws designed to help people who have suffered because of a drunk driver's negligence.

Source:, "Police: Drunken driver triggered I-39 crash," March 28, 2013

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