UPDATE: Officials ID pregnant woman killed in Highway 51 rollover crash
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver who was killed in the rollover wreck on Highway 51 north of DeForest Thursday morning.
According to the report, Alexandra M. Veith, 27, of Madison died at the scene of the crash.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a report of a crash at 7:19 a.m. in the town of Leeds. The vehicle rolled multiple times and one person was trapped in the vehicle.
According to the report, rescue personnel found one of the occupants dead. The other occupant was out of the vehicle and walking. The male passenger was taken to UW hospital with minor injuries.
The sheriff’s office said it learned later that the driver who was killed was pregnant. Med Flight doctors responded but found the fetus was also dead.
Speed was a significant factor in the crash, sheriff Dennis Richards said in a news release.
A portion of Highway 51 was shut down for approximately 3 hours. The Columbia Highway Department helped with the traffic detour. The road reopened Thursday afternoon.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol are investigating the crash.