UPDATE: Rio Man Killed in Columbia Co. Crash; 5 Injured

UPDATED Monday, April 1, 2013 --- 2:36 p.m.

From the Columbia County Sheriff's Office:

The name of the driver of the passenger car that was killed in the motor vehicle crash on March 31, 2013 has been identified as follows:

Jerome M. Renz, age 36, of Rio, WI

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office.


UPDATED: Sunday, March 31--- 9:36 p.m.

From Columbia County Sheriff's Office:


On Sunday, March 31, 2013 at approximately 4:20 PM, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received numerous 911 calls advising of a motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles. The accident occurred on Highway 16 near Seier Road in Fountain Prairie Township.

Upon arrival, it was learned from witness statements that a westbound car and an eastbound van had collided nearly head-on, causing the car to roll over, landing on it’s roof in the north ditch of Highway 16. The male driver of that car was pronounced deceased at the scene. There was another adult passenger along with a juvenile in that car and both were transported via UW Medflight to UW Hospital in Madison.

There were three occupants in the van and all were transported via ground ambulance to Columbus Community Hospital.

Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors, however, the accident remains under investigation.

Medical conditions of those injured are not available at this time. Names are being withheld at this time.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by Fall River Police, Fall River Fire, Columbus Police, Lifestar EMS, Rio EMS, UW Medflight, Blystone’s Towing and Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office

Sheriff Dennis Richards/Columbia County


Posted Sunday, March 31--- 6:47 p.m.

Crews are on the scene of a two vehicle crash in Columbia County.

Photographer Lou Thao says Fall River Fire and Rescue officials told him that the crash involved six people and two cars on Highway 16 and Seier Road in Fall River at around 4:30 p.m.

Traffic is being rerouted onto Highway 146.

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