DEFOREST, Wis. -

One person is dead after a major crash shut down an area highway for several hours.

Police and emergency crews were called out just after 9:15 p.m. Tuesday to U.S. Highway 51 in Windsor Township.

The highway was completely closed at Vinburn Road until 12:45 a.m. Wednesday.

The Dane County Sheriff's office said a 33-year-old man was driving southbound in the northbound lanes when he crashed into two cars.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies said a 29-year-old woman and a 35-year-old woman were driving the other two vehicles. Both are recovering at area hospitals.

Deputies say speed and alcohol were factors in this crash.