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Drunken driver hits bridge, sends car into creek, injuring 2

Driver, passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries Saturday night, officials say

TOWN OF YORK, Wis. - Two people were injured Saturday night when a driver hit a bridge rail, causing the vehicle to go over the bridge and into a creek, according to a release.

Officials said crews responded to the intersection of Highway H and Hay Hollow Road around 7:45 p.m. in the town of York for a single-vehicle accident.

A 1997 Buick hit a bridge guardrail on the south side of the intersection, causing the car to go over the bridge rail and into the creek, investigators said. The driver of the vehicle, Evelyn R. Michel, 34, of Mineral Point, was driving westbound on Highway H when she lost control, crossed the center line and struck the bridge rail.

Michel was extricated from the vehicle and taken to UW Hospital by Med Flight for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the release. A juvenile passenger was able to get out before emergency personnel arrived, and was transported to UW Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Michel and the passenger were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, officials said. The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene.

According to the release, Michel was arrested on charges of third-offense operating while intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 16, failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle and operating left of the center line.

Hay Hollow Road and Highway H, Blanchardville

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