TOWN OF WESTPORT, Wis. - A crash involving a car and a dump truck killed one person and closed Highway 19 for more than three hours Monday morning, according to Dane County Sheriff's Office.
The crash occurred at Highway 19 and River Road, just west of Interstate 39/90. The crash was reported at 10:15 a.m. Monday.
The driver of a 2009 Toyota Venza, Jesse E. Savage, 33, was driving north on River Road when he did not yield from a stop sign to a 2007 Mack truck that was traveling west on Highway 19, investigators said. Savage was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.
"Well, I can tell you that one of our reconstructionist, 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 wearing a seat belt," said Lt. Tim Schuetz, of the Dane County Sheriff's Office.
The driver of the dump truck, 64-year-old Anthony Helt, of Middleton, was carrying a full load of gravel at the time of the crash, investigators said. His truck came to a stop in a farm field where it started on fire. Helt was not injured.
Highway 19 was closed from the interstate to Highway 113, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. It was reopened at 1:52 p.m.
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