Woman, 5-year-old child cut out of vehicle following rollover crash near Sun Prairie


SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — U.S. Highway 151 northeast of Sun Prairie is back open following a Wednesday morning rollover crash.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation sent out a traffic alert saying the crash happened just after 10 a.m. at mile marker 107. Initially, all northbound lanes of the highway were closed, but the DOT issued an update just after 11 a.m. saying all but the left northbound lane were back open.

A news release said officials responded to a report of a vehicle that left the road and rolled over into the Maunesha River in the Town of Bristol. Crews arrived and found a minivan that was severely damaged and 100 feet off the roadway. The vehicle was on its side and partially in the river.

Authorities made contact with a woman who was trapped in the driver’s seat, along with a 5-year-old child who was in the back of the van in a car seat. Both of the occupants were conscious as water entered the vehicle.

Firefighters used ropes and cribbing to stabilize the vehicle while paramedics spoke with the woman to evaluate their injuries.

Officials extracted the child by removing the sunroof from the minivan and cutting the seat belts which had secured the car seat. Crews had to also remove part of the roof to extricate the driver.

The woman and child were taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver is in serious but stable condition, and the child was treated for minor injuries. Two rescue personnel also suffered minor injuries.

When asked about the incident, the woman told Dane County deputies she handed the child a phone, which caused her to veer off the road and crash into a creek.

The lane closure lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours.

Dane County dispatchers said no other vehicles were involved in the crash, and crews have responded to clear the wreckage.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office and Sun Prairie Fire responded to the scene.

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