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Driver, Good Samaritan hurt after Dane Co. power pole gets struck twice

(WCJB File)
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 10:17 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2021 at 12:42 PM CDT
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MONTROSE, Wis. (WMTV) - Two people – including someone who had just stopped to help – were hurt Tuesday morning after a power pole in Montrose was toppled by back-to-back run ins with a car and a semi.

According to the Dane Co. Sheriff’s Office, David Petershein was heading south on State Hwy. 69 around 9:45 a.m. when his 2004 Acura crossed the centerline near Henry Road, outside the Sugar River Wildlife Area, and struck the pole.

The 23-year-old Petershein suffered minor injuries in the collision and a Good Samaritan stopped to help. While she was outside her vehicle, a semi reportedly hit the pole’s guidewire, causing it to snap and fall onto the woman, whose name was not released.

The Sheriff’s Office described her injuries as serious, and potentially life threatening. Both she and Petershein were transported to an area hospital for treatment. The semi driver was not hurt.

Both directions of the highway were closed as crash reconstructionists, detectives, and other officials worked the scene. The Sheriff’s Office expects the road to remain closed until at least 2 a.m.

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