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Platteville community mourns loss of crash victim

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. - Platteville High School students and staff are remembering Justin Brogley, 18, who died in a crash early Sunday morning.

"Kids are really coming together and supporting one another, so I'm really happy about that," said Tim Engh, principal of Platteville High School. "That tells me what kind of character our kids have, and I'm very proud of how they're handling this and working through this together."

Brogley was driving southbound on County Highway D when his truck went off the side of the road, hit an embankment and rolled over, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office. He was ejected from the truck.

Sheriff Nate Dreckman said deputies arrived at the scene around 5:45 a.m., and Brogley was pronounced dead. Deputies are still putting together a timeline, but they believe Brogley was on his way to work when the crash occurred.

Brogley worked at Weigel Dairy in Platteville. The dairy farm posted the following statement on its Facebook page:

"It is with heavy hearts, we must say goodbye to a Weigel Dairy team member, Justin Brogley. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Justin (aka Fuzz aka Spiff). He will be missed by many, including everyone here at the dairy. We may not all be blood related, but we are one big family out here."

At his high school, Brogley was involved in the school's Future Farmers of America organization, and he was enrolled in the Employability Skills Program.

"He's just a happy-go-lucky type of guy, and everyone knew him. So it's a sad loss," Engh said.

Counselors were at the school Sunday to talk with students who were grieving. Engh said the school will continue to support any students who need help.


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