Gays Mills man killed in accident

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, at approximately 8:45 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle crash.

The crash occurred on Highway 61 at the intersection of County X, in the township of Clayton. Ryan T. Watters, 19, from rural Gays Mills, was driving a 1992 Chevy S10 truck westbound on County X. While entering Highway 61, the vehicle was struck by a 2000 Ford F-350 operated by Daniel Sandvick, 49, De Soto. Sandvick’s vehicle had one passenger, Derick Suiter, 32, Viroqua.

The Ford F-350 was towing a 1990 Dodge truck northbound on Highway 61 when it struck the driver’s side of the 1992 Chevy S10.

Both vehicles then became engulfed in flames and entered the southbound lane striking the guardrail for several feet. The vehicles then continued down the roadway and came to a stop in the middle of Highway 61. Highway 61 was closed for approximately 4 1/2 hours to reconstruct the accident.     

Sandvick and Suiter were transported to Vernon Memorial Hospital with minor injuries and were later released. Watters was pronounced dead at the scene.

Assisting at the scene were the Gays Mills Fire Department, Soldiers Grove Fire Department, North Crawford Rescue, Wisconsin State Patrol Reconstruction, Bob’s Towing, Crawford County Coroner Joe Morovits, the Crawford County Highway Department, Digger Dons, The Viroqua Police Department and the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department.   

The accident remains under investigation.

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