Impaired driver, other driver injured in head-on crash

Crash happened early Tuesday morning south of Verona, officials say
Impaired driver, other driver injured in head-on crash

Two people were injured in a head-on crash south of Verona Tuesday morning, according to a release.

Dane County sheriff’s deputies and Verona police officers responded to reports of a two-vehicle crash on County Road PB near Purcell Road in the town of Montrose around 5:35 a.m., officials said.

James C. Hunt, 24, of Madison, was driving south in a 1997 Mazda MPV when he crossed over the center line into the northbound lane and hit a 2006 Ford Fusion head-on, according to the release. The Ford Fusion, operated by Richard Curran, 44, of Monroe, started on fire after the crash.

Verona and Belleville firefighters responded and extinguished the fire, deputies said. The firefighters also extricated both drivers from their vehicles.

Hunt and Curran were transported by EMS to UW Hospital with serious injuries and remain hospitalized, according to the release.

Hunt will be charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated — causing great bodily harm, knowingly operating without a valid driver’s license — causing great bodily harm and operating left of center, deputies said.

The crash remains under investigation.