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Authorities identify victim of fatal 3-vehicle crash in Cottage Grove

COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. - The Dane County Sheriff's Department has identified the victim of a deadly three-vehicle crash near Cottage Grove Sunday.

Jeffrey Benedict of Cottage Grove died in a multiple-vehicle crash near County Road AB and Highway 12 around 12:45 p.m. Sunday, the Dane County Sheriff's Office said in a release.

According to the release, a Dodge Ram truck was traveling north on the divided highway after stopping at a stop sign when it hit a Toyota Prius traveling west on Highway 12.

Deputies said the truck then spun and collided with a Buick Lucerne that was stopped at a nearby stop sign.

Benedict, 60, was airlifted to the hospital where he later died. According to the release, a preliminary autopsy showed that he died from injuries sustained in the crash.

A 20-year-old passenger in the Prius was also transported to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the release.

Westbound lanes of County Road AB and County Road N were closed while crews investigated the scene.


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