TOWN OF CADIZ, Wis. -

Three people were taken to hospitals after a four-vehicle crash west of Monroe Monday afternoon, according to the Green County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called to State Highway 11 at County Road M in the town of Cadiz at 4:53 p.m. for reports of a multiple vehicle crash.

Investigators said a car driven by Keith E, Geisler, 50, of rural Monroe was eastbound on Highway 11 and waiting to make a left turn onto County Road M when he was rear-ended by a minivan driven by Timothy J. Schmid, 33, of South Wayne. The minivan continued across the intersection and landed in the north ditch.

An SUV driven by Lucas A. Suthers, 37, of rural Monroe, was westbound on Highway 11 and spun sideways while attempting to avoid a collision, according to investigators. A truck driven by Lawrence A. Handfelt, 48, of Warren, Ill., was also traveling west when it collided with the SUV.

Geisler was partially ejected, had to be extricated and was taken to Monroe Emergency Room. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to deputies. A passenger in his car, Roxanne E. Geisler, 48, of rural Monroe, was flown to University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. She was wearing a seat belt and had to be extricated.

Handfelt sustained injuries and was taken to Monroe Emergency Room. He was wearing his seat belt, as were three passengers who all escaped injury, according to deputies.

Investigators said Schmid sustained minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Three juvenile passengers were not injured.

Schmid was cited on suspicion for following too closely.

Highway 11 was closed between Cadiz Springs Road and County Road M for about four hours.

Highway 11 and County Road M