Man killed in crash with semitrailer in Grant Co.

2 children on board during OWI crash, deputies say

A 26-year-old Argyle man was killed in a crash with a semitrailer near Lancaster that injured three others Monday afternoon.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened just after 1 p.m. on U.S. Highway 61 about a tenth of a mile north of Highway 81.

Matthew Cline was driving a 1991 Buick Centurion north on U.S. Highway 61 and began to slide on the snow that had blown across the road, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Cline’s vehicle struck a semitrailer that was traveling south on Highway 61, and the Buick came to rest in the northbound lane of Highway 61.

Cline was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grant County coroner.

Richard Niemeyer Jr., 42, Tonday Niemeyer, 40, and Kevin Niemeyer, 16, all of Benton, were passengers in Cline’s vehicle, and all three were transported to Grant Regional Health Center for their injuries.

In Cline’s vehicle, only Richard Niemeyer was wearing a seat belt, and no air bags were deployed, according to the release.

Sheriff’s officials said the driver of the semitrailer was wearing his seat belt and wasn’t injured.

Sheriff’s officials said one of the contributing factors in the crash involved improper tires on Cline’s vehicle.

Both lanes of Highway 61 were closed for approximately two hours.