Fatal Crash in Columbia County; Victim's Name Released

UPDATED: Sunday, August 26, 2012 --- 8:09p.m.

Release from Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Department in Portage identifies the driver of the car killed in the accident on Highway 60 near County Trunk Highway A on August 25, 2012 as Daniel Bucheger, age 43 from Hartford, Wisconsin.

Both vehicles involved in the accident were towed from the scene with extensive damage. Highway 60 remained closed for several hours while the semi was readied to be removed from the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol.


Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2012 --- 2:36 p.m.

Release from Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

At approximately 9:52 AM on Saturday, August 25, 2012, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of an accident involving a semi versus passenger car.

The accident occurred on Highway 60 approximately ½ mile east of County Highway A in Columbus Township, Columbia County.

It appears that the semi was westbound on Highway 60 when the eastbound passenger car crossed the centerline, sideswiping the semi.

The driver of the passenger car was pronounced dead at the scene by the Columbia County Medical Examiner.

The driver of the semi was uninjured. A passenger in the semi was transported to Columbus Community Hospital for precautionary measures.

Names are being withheld pending notification of the family.

The accident remains under investigation by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office. Speed and alcohol are unknown factors at this time.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbus Fire Department, Lifestar EMS, Columbia County Highway Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and Blystone’s Towing.

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