Two people were airlifted following a two-vehicle crash on Highway 18 Thursday evening, March 17, around 6:25 p.m., near Ward Road in Bridgeport Township, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
William E. Hampton, 55, of Prairie du Chien, was operating a 2000 Chevy Malibu eastbound on State Highway 18 when he lost control of the vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. Hampton attempted to correct the vehicle and get back onto the roadway and in his lane of travel. Once on the pavement, Hampton’s vehicle started to spin out of control, crossed the center line, and entered the westbound lane of traffic backwards.
Hampton’s vehicle was struck by a 2013 GMC Yukon operated by Michael R. McKinney, 68, of Houston, Minn. McKinney attempted to avoid the Hampton vehicle by swerving onto his shoulder of the roadway but was unable to avoid the collision. The vehicles crashed and stopped off the north side of the roadway.