UPDATED Sunday, September 19, 2010 --- 4:10 p.m.
Press Release from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office:
Additional details about the fatal crash reported at 2:07 A.M. this morning on Highway 11 at South Wayne, WI are now being release.
A 4 door 2009 GMC pickup truck being driven by Travis J. Kirschbaum, age 20, of Glen Haven, WI was moving west on Highway 11 when it crossed over the center line and struck another vehicle which was being driven east on Highway 11.
Travis Kirschbaum and his passengers: Neil R. Kirschbaum, age 45, of Glen Haven, Ethan L. Koch, age 21, of Cassville, WI and Joshua N. Kuenster, age 19, of Glen Haven, were transported to the Monroe-Clinic Hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Everyone in the Kirschbaum vehicle was reportedly wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
The vehicle driven east on Highway 11 was a 2009 Buick 4 door being operated by Richard J. Christen, age 67, of Monroe, WI. Passengers in the vehicle were: Carol A. Wenger, age 70, also of Monroe, Kathryn D. Olin, age 65, of Brodhead, WI and Richard G. Olin, age 67, of Brodhead (husband & wife). Richard Christen, Carol Wenger and Kathryn Olin were pronounced dead at the scene. Richard Olin was taken by ambulance to the Monroe-Clinic Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Seat belts were being worn by Richard Christen and Richard Olin. Carol Wenger and Kathryn Olin were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Both the GMC pickup truck and the Buick 4dr were very heavily damaged in the crash.
South Wayne, Fire/Rescue personnel assisted at the scene with patient car, victim extrication, extensive lighting of the scene and traffic control and we are grateful to them for their commitment of a great deal of time and resources.
The investigation of this crash is on-going by Lafayette County Sheriff’s Deputies, WI State Patrol Troopers and the Lafayette County Coroner’s Office. This matter will be referred to the Lafayette County District Attorney for review of any charging decisions once the investigation is completed.
UPDATED Sunday, September 19, 2010 --- 1:31 p.m.
Three people have died in a crash on Wisconsin Highway 11 near South Wayne in southern Wisconsin.
Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley says a pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer was westbound on Highway 11 when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound car around 2 a.m. Sunday.
The driver of the automobile and two passengers in the car died at the scene.
The sheriff says preliminary findings are that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.
But he says the two passengers in the car who died were not wearing seat belts. He says the driver of the car, a surviving passenger and all four people in the pickup did have their seat belts on.
Names of the victims have not been released.
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Posted Sunday, September 19, 2010 --- 1:15 p.m.
Press Release from the Lafayette Co. Sheriff’s Office:
This morning at 2:07 A.M., the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a serious traffic crash on State Highway 11 near the east side of the village of South Wayne. South Wayne Fire/Rescue personnel, Argyle Ambulance personnel and Green County Emergency Medical Service ambulances were alerted to go to the scene along with Lafayette County Sheriff’s Deputies.
The investigation indicates a full-sized pickup truck towing a flatbed trailer was westbound on Highway 11 when it crossed the center line of the roadway and collided head-on with an eastbound automobile.
The driver of the westbound pickup truck, his three (3) passengers and a passenger in the eastbound automobile were transported to the Monroe-Clinic Hospital in Monroe, WI for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the automobile and two (2) passengers were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Lafayette County Coroner Virginia Douglas.
The preliminary findings are that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in this crash. Safety belts were being worn by each of the occupants of the pickup truck, the driver of the automobile and the surviving passenger. However, two (2) passengers in the eastbound automobile who were killed were not belted at the time of the crash.
A crash reconstruction team from the WI State Patrol was called to assist in this investigation. Highway 11 was closed for several hours and traffic was routed around the scene. Highway 11 was reopened to through traffic at appox. 8:30 A.M.
Names of the persons involved in this crash are not being released at this time. Once family members of all parties involved have been notified, we will then provide additional information about this crash.
The investigation is continuing. This is the fourth fatal crash on Lafayette County roadways this year for a total of six (6) traffic crash victims who have died during 2010.