Police: Car lost control, went airborne into oncoming traffic, landing on SUV

SUV driver, 37, killed; woman seriously injured
Police: Car lost control, went airborne into oncoming traffic, landing on SUV

Madison police said a 37-year-old man died and two other people were sent to the hospital Sunday after a four-vehicle crash on Highway 30 and Fair Oaks Avenue in Madison.

Dane County deputies said ambulances responded to the report of a crash at 4:51 p.m.

A preliminary investigation report said a vehicle traveling east on Highway 30 crossed the median and struck a vehicle headed west.

Madison police said a 25-year-old driver lost control of his car as he was headed east on Highway 30. He drove into a ditch and went airborne as he entered the west lanes. The car landed on an SUV, killing the 37-year-old SUV driver, a Cottage Grove man.

The SUV passenger, a 34-year-old Cottage Grove woman, was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries Monday, according to a news release.

The impact caused the SUV to collide with two other vehicles, Madison police said. One contained a 35-year-old Madison woman. She suffered a minor injury. The other contained a couple from Pewaukee, a 50-year-old man and 48-year-old woman. They were not injured.

Police said the driver of the car that crossed the median, a town of Dunn man, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said Monday he had not been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.

Speed appeared to be a factor in the fatal wreck, officials said.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported all lanes in the area of the crash were closed Sunday evening.

Drivers were advised to use alternate routes as police cleared the scene.