Vehicle pulled from water after wreck in McFarland

A vehicle was pulled from the water after a wreck near Hwy. 51 and Severson Street, in...
A vehicle was pulled from the water after a wreck near Hwy. 51 and Severson Street, in McFarland, on May 19, 2023.(WMTV-TV/Kylie Jacobs)
Published: May. 19, 2023 at 10:53 AM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2023 at 1:26 PM CDT
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McFARLAND, Wis. (WMTV) – One person suffered life-threatening injuries after a Friday morning crash sent a car into a retention pond in McFarland, the city’s police chief said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blue Chevrolet Impala to go off the road and land upside down in the pond, which shoots off from the Yahara River, parallel to Severson Street, Chief Aaron Chapin explained.

He added the individual, who was taken to an area hospital, was the only person in the car at the time. Divers with the Madison Fire Dept. went into the pond to confirm no one else was in it, Chapin noted.

The first emergency crews arrived at the crash scene shortly before 10 a.m., authorities indicated. They initially shut down both directions of U.S. 51, near the Severson St./Farwell St. intersection. The highway was soon reopened, but Severson Street remained closed until around noon while the Impala was being towed from the pond.

According to Chapin, in addition to members of McFarland’s police, fire, and EMS crews, the Madison Fire Department and Dane Co. Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. Also, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources also dispatched a team to determine if there is any environmental impact from the car being in the pond.

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