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Sheriff: 1 dead, 7 injured after truck crashes into 5 cars in Columbia County

Inattentive driving, speed considered factors

COLUMBUS, Wis. - One person is dead and seven are injured after a straight truck crashed into five cars in Columbia County according to a news release from the Columbia County sheriff. 

First responders were called to the crash on U.S. 151 at 5:03 p.m. Tuesday. Sheriff Roger Brandner said a 2017 Freightliner straight truck failed to deaccelerate as it approached slower moving traffic in a construction zone. 

The straight truck, which had two men inside, crashed into a Honda minivan. The two men inside the truck had minor injuries, and the driver of the minivan, a man, claimed no injuries.

The truck then crashed into a Ford pickup truck with three men inside. The driver and a passenger in the pickup truck had to be extricated by the Columbus Fire Department and were transported to UW Hospital by Medflight. The second passenger in the pickup truck was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The pickup truck was pushed into a Ford Fusion, which was driven by a woman. She was transported to a hospital for injuries. 

The pickup truck also crashed into a Honda minivan, which had two men inside. Both were transported to a hospital for injuries. 

The pickup truck was also pushed into a Chevrolet Traverse. The woman who was driving this car did not have any injuries. 

Officials believe inattentive driving and speed while entering the construction zone were factors in the crash. 

The northbound lanes of U.S. 151 were closed for the investigation. The crash remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol. 

 

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