Woman trapped in car under semi taken by Med-Flight to hospital

Med Flight in air

Rock County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a multiple vehicle crash involving two semi trucks and two cars Wednesday around 8 a.m., according to officials.

The report said one of the cars was pinned underneath one of the semitrailers and a woman was trapped inside. The accident took place at the intersection of North U.S. Highway 14 at West Holt Road in Union Township, according to a release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office

The investigation shows Avery Johnson, 23, of Madison, was driving a Saturn and stopped southbound on North U.S. Highway 14 at the intersection of West Holt Road and waiting to turn east. He was rear-ended by Ethan Luke, 21 of Mauston, who was driving a Peterbilt semitrailer, officials said.

The impact of the collision sent Johnson’s car into the path of Juan Cruz’s Freightliner semi-tractor trailer which was slowing to a stop at the time. Cruz is 33 and from Genoa City, according to the release.

Luke’s semi then slid out of control and overturned onto Lynda Laitinen, 31 of South Beloit, llinois, who was then trapped underneath in her Chevy Cruze, officials said.

Fire personnel were able to wedge multiple High Lift airbags and wooden blocks underneath the overturned trailer, which allowed them to pull the Chevy Cruze free using a winch cable attached to a fire engine. Laitinen was then extricated from her vehicle with the Jaws of Life and air lifted to UW-Hospital with what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries, according to the release.

Johnson was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison with non-life-threatening injuries as well. The other two drivers were uninjured. All drivers were alone in their vehicles and wearing the proper safety restraints, officials said.

Inspectors from the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to inspect the semitrailer units and the crash was reconstructed by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Team.

U.S. Highway 14 was closed between state highways 59 and 92 for more than seven hours as a result of the crash, which remains under investigation, officials said.

Law enforcement officials anticipate traffic citations will be part of the conclusion to this case.