Victims in deadly crash on Highway 33 near Portage identified


PORTAGE, Wis. — Two people were killed in a crash on State Highway 33 west of Portage Wednesday afternoon, the Wisconsin State Patrol said.

The crash happened just before 12:15 p.m. on eastbound Highway 33 east of the interchange with Interstate 39/90.

In a news release, the State Patrol said a 2012 Nissan sedan was heading east when it crossed the center line and crashed into two semi-trucks. The car then started on fire.

Both people in the car were killed; no one in either semi was hurt, the release said.

Late Wednesday night, the State Patrol identified the victims as 37-year-old Christina Hileman and 25-year-old Jekoby Hopkins, both of Portage.

Investigators are still working to figure out what caused the crash.

Highway 33 was closed for nearly four hours as crews responded to the crash.