IT WAS A SCENE OF CHAOS - WITH A DUMP TRUCK BURNING
IN A FIELD AND BY-STANDERS ADMINISTERING C-P-R IN
AN ATTEMPT TO SAVE A LIFE.
IN THE END - A CRASH IN DANE COUNTY THIS MORNING CLAIMED
THE LIFE OF DRIVER - A 33-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM WINDSOR.
HIGHWAY 19 AT RIVER ROAD
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hwy 113 AND I-39/90
IT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF STATE HIGHWAY 19
AND RIVER ROAD IN THE TOWN OF WESTPORT.
NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER PICKS UP THE STORY FROM
ERIC - THE DUMP TRUCK WAS ON HIGHWAY 19 WHERE THE
SPEED LIMIT IS 55 MILES PER HOUR AND DID NOT HAVE
A STOP SIGN.
THE DRIVER OF THE CAR ON RIVER ROAD DID HAVE A STOP
WHEN HE PULLED INTO THE PATH OF THE TRUCK IT SET IN
MOTION A DEADLY SERIES OF EVENTS.
well i pulled up and i saw a bunch of smoke billowing
over some buildings.
THEY ARE IMAGES JON HELLER WON'T SOON FORGET.
i looked to the right and i saw the dump truck and
it was engulted in flames.
AND IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INTERSECTION LAY THE DRIVER
OF A CAR THAT HAD COLLIDED WITH THE TRUCK.
kind of emotional and you just felt like overwhelming
and hoping the person was ok.
he was ejected and was pronounced here on the scene.
INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE DRIVER WAS ATTEMPTING TO
CROSS STATE HIGHWAY 19 ON RIVER ROAD AND STRUCK THE
THE TRUCK BURST INTO FLAMES BEFORE ROLLING DOWN AN
EMBANKMENT AND STOPPING IN A FIELD.
the dump truck did catch
on fire pretty much instantaniously.
THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK 64-YEAR-OLD ANTHONY HELT
OF MIDDLETON ESCAPED WITHOUT INJURY.
like it chilled your bones all the way down because
it was like to see someone that's life was hanging
on the line is something you don't get to see everyday
so it was really chilling.
WHILE THIS CRASH CLAIMED THE LIFE OF THE DRIVER -
A 33-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM WINDSOR - IT IS FAR FROM THE
FIRST ONE TO OCCUR HERE.
it is not.
it is an intersection that we have had serious crashes
i can't tell you the exact date but i do know that
there was some renovations and updates made to the
intersection in the last few years.
THE OUTCOME OF THIS WRECK MAY HAVE COME DOWN TO THE
ABSENSE OF ONE THING - A SEATBELT.
well i can tell you that one of our reconstructionists,
one of the first things he said to me was even though
this was a significant crash with a very large debris
field, based just on his initial assessment and looking
at the vehicle indicated that this could have been
a survivable crash had the person been wearning a
INVESTIGATORS HAVE CONFIRMED THAT THE DRIVER OF THE
CAR WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT.
THE NAME OF THAT DRIVER HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED PENDING
NOTIFICATION OF HIS FAMILY.
ERIC - THE D-O-T CONFIRMS THERE HAVE BEEN 19 ACCIDENTS
AT THAT LOCATION IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.
FIVE INVOLVED INJURIES - THIS WAS THE FIRST FATALITY
THE STATE IS PLANNING IMPROVEMENTS FOR THAT STRETCH
OF ROAD - BUT NOT UNTIL 20-19
-- ERIC --