Wintry conditions factor in multiple crashes

Vehicles hit head on
On Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 8:13 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a head on collision in Wauzeka Township. A 2013 GMC van owned by LDL Construction of Boscobel and operated by Ronald Paetz of Blue River was westbound on Highway 60 approximately 500 feet east of Highway 131. A 2008 Ford Escape owned and operated by Kyle White of Prairie du Chien was eastbound on Highway 60. White reported hitting slush on the highway and losing control. The White vehicle then crossed the center of the road and struck the oncoming Paetz van head on. Both Paetz and White were transported by EMS to the Boscobel hospital. White was cited for failure to have control. Both vehicles were total losses. The Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Tri State and Boscobel EMS, Wauzeka  First Responders and Fire, Terry’s Tire and Tow, and the Crawford County Highway Department.

Ice a factor in two-vehicle crash
On Friday, Jan. 10 at 12:06 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle crash on the bridge at Highway 60 near the Highway 131 intersection. This is one-mile east of Wauzeka. Jeremy Dernell, 33, Poynette, was driving east in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Timothy Dillenburg, 31, Lone Rock, was driving west in a 1989 Ford truck. Dernell was entering a curved bridge when he lost control on the ice. Dernell skidded in the path of the Dillenburg truck and collided. All occupants were wearing seat belts, the airbags were deployed in the Dernell car. There were no reported injuries. Both vehicles had heavy damage and were towed from the scene. The Crawford County Highway Department and the Wauzeka Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Snow and slush cause accident
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, at approximately 8:24 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 35, approximately .6 of a mile south of Highway 171 in the township of Seneca. Randy J. Dressler, 57, Prairie du Chien, was traveling northbound operating a 2002 Buick Century, when he lost control of the vehicle on the snow and slushy road and began spinning. Dressler’s vehicle then slid into the southbound lane and struck a southbound 2013 Nissan Altima operated by Jean A. Collins, 64, La Crosse.   Dressler, a female passenger, and Collins were transported by ambulance for unspecified injuries. The crash investigation was performed by the Wisconsin State Patrol and assisted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Seneca First Responders, Seneca Fire Department, Lansing EMS, Tri-State Ambulance, and Scott’s Mobil. Dressler was cited for failure to have control.

Loss of visibility causes crash
On Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 10:52 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a two-vehicle accident in Eastman Township. A Crawford County snow plow was southbound on Highway 27 approximately .1 north of Elaine’s Lane. Following the plow was a 2012 Chevy pickup owned and operated by Patrick Joy, 42, Eastman. Following Joy was a 2001 Ford Escort owned and operated by Jonathan Kramer, 19, also of Eastman. The plow struck a snow drift and this resulted in a temporary loss of visibility from blowing snow in which the Kramer vehicle struck the rear of the Joy vehicle. Joy was able to drive his truck from the scene. Kramer’s vehicle had front end damage and was removed by Bob’s Towing. There were no injuries. Assisting at the scene was the Crawford County Highway Department.

Car slides into guardrail
On Friday, Jan. 10, at 4:15 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Highway 35, ½ mile south of Highway D, in Eastman Township. David Acree, 53, Glen Haven, was driving a 2007 Dodge Caliber south on Highway 35 when he lost control on the ice covered roadway. His vehicle hit the guardrail, spun around and came to a stop on the roadway. Acree and his passenger Lisa Acree were wearing their seat belts and escaped injury.  The vehicle sustained moderate front and rear damage and was able to be driven.

Lip bloodied in rollover
On Jan. 13, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle rollover in Marietta Township. A 2004 Dodge pickup operated by Chelssi Hines, 20, Muscoda, was southbound on Pleasant Mound Road approximately .4 mile from Highway 60. Hines had two passengers, ages 10 and 11, in the vehicle with her. The Hines’ vehicle struck a patch of ice, left the west side of the road, and overturned. The only reported injury was a bloody lip received by one of the passengers. The vehicle was removed by Terry’s Tire and Tow.

Pickup truck strikes several trees
On Jan. 11, at 2:34 a.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a one-vehicle crash on Buck Creek Road about one mile west of N. Buck Creek Road in the township of Freeman. Aaron W. Quamme, 30, Mt. Sterling, was driving his 2013 GMC pickup truck eastbound on Buck Creek Road when he drove off the left side of Buck Creek Road while negotiating the curve. Quamme entered the north side ditch, hitting several trees before coming to rest. Quamme claimed no injuries from the crash and Quamme’s vehicle was a total loss. Bob’s Towing removed the vehicle from the scene.

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