Clark County road washed out

Published On: Jun 21 2012 02:44:22 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2012 02:49:25 PM CDT

(AP) -- Authorities say three people died in crashes after heavy rain washed away a 50-foot stretch of highway in central Wisconsin road. Clark County Chief Deputy Jim Backus said a passer-by discovered two vehicles in the large hole in a county road near Neillsville, about 50 miles southeast of Eau Claire, early Thursday. Authorities say a pickup truck carrying two people crashed into the hole, then another vehicle with one occupant crashed into the same hole. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. Backus says it's not clear when the crashes happened so investigators can't say if it was raining at the time. He estimates the area got about 3 inches of rain in the last day.