UPDATE: Patrol: Distracted Driving Factored in Fatal Crash

UPDATED Wednesday, August 8, 2012 --- 11:47 a.m.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin State Patrol says distracted driving is to blame for an interstate crash that killed three teenage boys near Hudson.

The lone survivor in the SUV that hit the back of a semi stopped in traffic on I-94 told investigators the boys saw a girl driving in the right lane and wanted to get her attention.

Patrol Sgt. Brian Erickson tells the Star Tribune the teens were trying to find a piece of paper on which to write their phone number to show the girl when the crash occurred. Their SUV hit the stopped semi at 65 miles per hour.

Killed in the July 30 crash were 17-year-old Joshua Goodrich, 16-year-old Jordan Johnson and 17-year-old Zachary Zajec. Seventeen-year-old Tom Wanless was injured, but survived. All four were students at New Richmond High School.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press


UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 --- 9:30 a.m.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- The State Patrol has identified the victims of a fatal crash in western Wisconsin.

Two teens were killed and two others were injured when their SUV rear-ended a semi that was stopped in a construction zone on Interstate 94 near Hudson Monday afternoon. The four were students at New Richmond High School.

Seventeen-year-old Joshua Goodrich and 16-year-old Jordan Johnson were killed. Goodrich was seated in the front and Jordan was in the back. The Star Tribune says the driver, 17-year-old Zachary Zajec, suffered severe head and chest injuries. He's in critical condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. Another back seat passenger, 17-year-old Thomas Wanless, had minor injuries. The driver of the semi was not hurt.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012: Associated Press


Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2012 --- 6:50 a.m.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) -- Two teenage boys were killed when a sport utility vehicle hit a stopped semi-trailer truck from behind on Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin.

Authorities say the crash happened east of Hudson at about 1:20 p.m.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says the semi was heading east when it came to a stop in a construction zone and was struck from behind by the SUV.

The Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/Q7zHmt ) four teenage boys from New Richmond were in the SUV. Two passengers -- a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old -- were killed. The 17-year-old driver was critically injured. Another 17-year-old passenger had minor injuries.

The truck driver was not hurt.

Eastbound traffic was detoured off of the interstate and around the scene for about two hours.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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