Driver strikes hay bale in roadway, killed in head-on crash

Driver strikes hay bale in roadway, killed in head-on crash

Police said a Fennimore man was pronounced dead at the scene of of a wreck in Grant County early Thursday, according to a release.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a report of a crash on Highway 61 and Circle Road in Lancaster at 6:30 a.m.

According to the report, 60-year-old Donald J. Martin, of Bagley, was driving a Ford F-350 truck pulling a goose-neck trailer loaded with round bales of hay. When Martin turned south on Highway 61 from Circle Road, two hay bales fell off the trailer and into the southbound lane where the Honda Civic driven by 48-year-old Robert A. Kuhn, of Fennimore, was traveling.

Kuhn struck a bale then traveled into the northbound lane, colliding head-on with a GMC Sierra driven by 42-year-old Nathan Harris of Lancaster, the sheriff’s office said.

The coroner pronounced Kuhn dead at the scene, according to the report.

Harris was taken to Grant Regional Health Center, then transferred to a hospital in Madison, according to the report.

The sheriff’s office said Martin’s truck was not struck in the collision, and therefore not damaged. Martin left the area, but was located later.

The hay load was not secured, according to the report.

The crash was still under investigation Thursday afternoon.