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Car accidents: 3 dead following interstate crash

Interstates in Wisconsin are traveled daily by a variety of vehicles. Drivers are on the roadways at every hour of every day, heading to their homes, jobs or other locations. While most travelers reach their destinations safely, car accidents still unfortunately occur. Crashes are not surprising when one vehicle is heading in the wrong direction on a highway. A recent incident involving a wrong-way driver occurred in Manitowoc County that claimed the lives of three people.

Officials report that a 40-year-old man was driving his pickup truck southbound on Interstate 43. His truck then crossed the median and struck a northbound minivan operated by a 62-year-old man. A 33-year-old woman was a passenger in the van. Emergency personnel had to use the Jaws of Life to get all three of the trapped occupants out of the vehicles.

The driver of the pickup truck and the van passenger were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The van driver was transported to a nearby hospital via helicopter and was later pronounced dead. Officials are awaiting results from toxicology reports for the drivers. Officers from the Wisconsin State Patrol are assisting the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office and County Coroner's Office with the ongoing investigation. Other first responders from Newton, Valders Ambulance and Sheboygan County helped at the scene.

When car accidents result in the loss of life, it is an understandably devastating tragedy. If the accident was caused by negligence, the loss seems all the more senseless. Surviving families of deceased victims may be entitled to pursue wrongful death claims against the party or parties believed responsible. When that party is also deceased, the claims may be filed against his or her estate. A successfully presented lawsuit can offer families a means to cover unanticipated funeral expenses and other monetary damages recognized by applicable laws.

Source: htrnews.com, "Victims identified in fatal Interstate 43 crash in Manitowoc County", Brandon M. Reid, Jan. 27, 2018

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