UPDATE: Friends remember Willard Trewyn

UPDATED Friday, August 1, 2014 -- 10:00 p.m.

Roberta and Jim Treuthardt have lived in their Janesville home for about two years now.

It's a place they say they love.

For much of his life, Jim was a trucker -- and today, he spoke very highly of one of his former colleagues.

"Hard worker, you know...he's been like that all of his life," he said.

"He's just 'go-go-go'."

75-year-old Willard Trewyn died Wednesday afternoon after crashing his semi on Highway 81 near Beloit.

"He was a great guy, seriously, he would do anything for anybody," Roberta said, telling stories about Willard helping them around the house over the years.

Willard was a coworker -- but an even better friend to the Treuthardt's -- so getting the news certainly was not easy.

"It's saddening you know, like I said, as long as we knew him," Jim said.

It all happened because Willard tried to avoid hitting a car that was ready to turn -- but he clipped it and landed in a ditch.

"He's just that type of guy... he wouldn't hurt anyone if he could avoid it; hurt himself... I knew he would of done it," Roberta said about Willard.

The two say for many years Willard would come over for pool parties, enjoy himself, and just be an all-around good guy.


UPDATED Wednesday, July 30, 2014 -- 10:25 p.m.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the driver killed after crashing his semi Wednesday afternoon.

75-year-old Willard T. Trewyn was attempting to pass a stopped vehicle when he clipped the rear end of it and crashed his truck into a ditch.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car, a 2006 Pontiac G6, was identified as 71-year-old Barbara J. McConnell of Beloit. She and her two passengers, identified as 71-year-old Doris McConnell and 84-year-old Eileen T. Finnegan, did not suffer any injuries.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office, Town of Beloit Police, Beloit Fire and EMS, Orfordville Fire and EMS, Wisconsin State Patrol as well as Rock County Emergency Management responded.


UPDATED Wednesday, July 30, 2014 ---

Rock County Sheriff's Sergeant Josh Lund tells us around 2 p.m. a semi-trailer tanker carrying liquid nitrogen fertilizer was traveling eastbound on Hwy 81 when the semi tried to drive around a stopped vehicle, waiting to turn into a business.

Sgt. Lund says the semi driver clipped the rear end of the vehicle, lost control, and landed in a ditch.

The driver of the semi, s a 75-year-old Janesville man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver was uninjured.

Sgt. Lund tells us Hwy 81 between Olson Street and County H are expected to be closed the rest of the evening as crews work to remove the fertilizer.

Officials say there is no indication of foul play or alcohol.


Wednesday July 30, 2014

ROCK COUNTY, Wis. --- A crash has closed Highway 81 west of Beloit. All lanes of 81 are blocked between Olson St. and County H.

The Rock County 911 center has tweeted there are no hazardous materials situation at the crash. The 911 center cited the Sheriff's Office.
There were concerns that one of the vehicles involved may have been carrying something that could have lead to a HazMat situation.

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