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UPDATED: Two injured in snowplow crash

UPDATED: Monday, December 9, 2013 --- 9:20pm

You likely faced drifting snow, during your morning commute, this morning, and you'll likely face it again, tomorrow morning, which can mean reduced visibility and snow plows back out on the roads to take care of the mess. But, while you're behind the wheel, remember the roads in front of snow plows are usually in worse condition than the roads behind.

Snow plows typically travel under 35 miles-an-hour, so there's always a temptation to pass, but before you do listen up!

Plows may need time to stop or move to avoid stranded vehicles. That being said, keep a safe distance, at least 200 feet, which is about 12 cars long.

Two people are recovering after a crash involving a snow plow in Lafayette County. It happened just before 2pm on Highway 151 in Belmont Township. Police say 64-year-old David Bockhop was operating a Lafayette County Highway Department snow plow. The snow plow was traveling southbound, with all emergency lighting activated, when it was rear-ended by a car driven by 24-year-old Harrison Hansen of Fitchburg. Hansen and his passenger were both injured and were taken to a hospital. The snow plow received moderate damage and the car received extensive damage. Hansen was cited for driving “Too Fast for Conditions.”

If you're going to pass a snow plow don't cut back too quickly in front of the plow, since the blade extends several feet ahead of the truck. Also, some snow plows are equipped with a "wing plow”, which is 10-12 foot extension off the side of the truck. Forgetting to be careful of either of these could cause an accident, and at the least do some damage to your car.

And it may go without saying, but turn your lights on and don't forget to brush all the snow off your headlights and tail lights, so you can see the other drivers and they can see you.

And lastly, slow down! It could save a life.

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Posted Monday, December 9, 2013 --- 6:17 p.m.

According to a release, two residents from Fitchburg were injured Sunday afternoon when they rear-ended a snowplow on Highway 151 around 1:45 p.m.

The Lafayette County Sheriff's Department said David R. Bockhop, 64, of Belmont, was operating a Lafayette County Highway Department snowplow southbound on Highway 151 with emergency lights activated.

Harrison T. Hansen, 24, of Fitchburg, was also traveling southbound on Highway 151 when he rear-ended the snowplow, officials said.

Hansen and his passenger, Paula M. Hobbins, 74, of Fitchburg, were both injured and transported to Southwest Healthcare Hospital in Platteville.

The snowplow received moderate damage and the 2001 Chrysler Hansen was driving received extensive damage.

Hansen was cited to driving too fast for conditions, officials said.

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