One dead after two-vehicle crash in LaGrange

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LAGRANGE, Wis. — One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash in the Town of LaGrange that shut down part of State Highway 21 for almost six hours this morning.

The Monroe County Communications Center received a report at approximately 6:00 a.m. of an accident on Highway 21 west of Enterprise Road involving a semi-truck and a car.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol investigated the crash and determined that the car was westbound when it crossed the centerline of the highway and went head on into the semi-truck headed eastbound.

Officials said the car was a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu operated by Kyle Petrick, 20, of Medford. Petrick was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The semi-truck with no trailer attached was a 2003 Freightliner operated by Richard Murphy, 52, of Ontario.  Murphy was not injured.

There was a juvenile in the semi-truck who was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with minor, non-life threatening injuries.

There was a large amount of debris scattered across the highway and diesel fuel spilled in the area.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Monroe County Communications Center, Wisconsin State Patrol, Tomah Police Department, Oakdale Fire Department, Tomah Area Ambulance Service, Tomah Fire Department Rescue Techs, Monroe County Hazardous Materials Response Team, Tomah Wrecker Service, Monroe County Emergency Management and the Monroe County Highway Department.

The incident remains under investigation.