UPDATE: Three Killed in Portage Co. Crash Identified

Posted Tuesday, May 1, 2012 --- 11:41 p.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Investigators say alcohol, speed and a lack of seat belts contributed to the Portage County crash that killed three men.

Nineteen-year-old Joey Trzebiatowski 25-year-old Nicholas Czech and 29-year-old Scott Dean were killed in a fiery weekend crash near Stevens Point. Their truck slid across Highway 66, into a ditch and struck a utility pole and embankment before igniting.

Portage County Coroner Scott Rifleman says all three appeared to have died as a result of the crash, before the truck burst into flames. The Wausau Daily Herald (http://wrtnews.co/IufqXM ) says the three were identified Monday through autopsies in Madison.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


Posted Sunday, April 29. 2012 --- 1:27 p.m.

TOWN OF LINWOOD, Wis. (AP) -- Three people have died in fiery crash in Portage County of central Wisconsin that authorities say may be alcohol related.

The Portage County Sheriff's Office says it received a report just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday of a vehicle on fire at the intersection of Highway 66 and Birchwood Lane in the Town of Linwood.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that deputies found the vehicle fully engulfed. Power lines were down and a man who had been ejected was found dead outside the car. Once the fire was out, authorities found two passengers inside the car who had also died.

The Portage County coroner's office is working to identify the victims.

The sheriff's office says in a news release that alcohol is thought to be a possible factor on the crash.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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