4 dead in Thursday night crash on Interstate 39/90/94

DEFOREST, Wis. — Four people died in a three-vehicle crash on southbound Interstate 39/90/94 near the Dane/Columbia county line Thursday night, the Wisconsin State Patrol said.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said a van passed a disabled Honda Civic on the shoulder near the State Highway 60 exit just after 10 p.m. Thursday.

The van’s occupants, while attempting to assist the car, pulled over into oncoming traffic, resulting in it being hit by two semi trucks.

All four people in the van were killed.

Both semi drivers had no injuries.

The interstate was closed for three hours overnight because of the investigation but opened at 3 a.m. Friday.

The victims in the van include the driver, a 36-year-old Lyndon Station woman, as well as 18-year-old man from Lyndon Station and a 39-year-old man from the Wisconsin Dells who were passengers. The state patrol did not provide further details about the fourth person who died.

All four victims’ names are being withheld pending family notification.

The DeForest Fire Department, EMS, and Police Department assisted in the crash investigation. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Dane County Medical Examiner, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Columbia County Highway Department also provided support.