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One dead in Monroe County crash


SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A Tomah woman is killed and child left in critical condition in a two vehicle crash Friday morning between Sparta and Tomah.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, the crash happened at 9:16 a.m. along Highway 16 near Hazel Avenue in the Town of Adrian.  One of the vehicles headed west tried to pass another vehicle when the driver saw oncoming vehicles.  As the driver went to move back into the westbound lane, the vehicle went out of control and hit head on with the eastbound vehicle.  A spokesperson from the Sheriff's Department says ice was a factor in the crash.

A 49-year-old woman in the westbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries from the crash. Two passengers in the westbound vehicle went to Tomah Memorial Hospital.  One of them is a child who was left in critical condition according to the spokesperson. The driver was taken to Mayo Health Care System in Sparta for his injuries.

Rescue crews had to extricate the woman driving the eastbound vehicle.  Med Link Air flew her to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse in serious condition.

People in the vehicle being passed and another car both stopped to help the victims until first responders could arrive on the scene.

The Sheriff's Department has not released any of the names of those involved pending notification of family.

The crash closed Highway 16 for three hours. 

The Wisconsin State Patrol and Sheriff's Department are continuing to investigate the crash.


SPARTA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UPDATED: Emergency crews from Sparta and Tomah responded to the scene of a head-on crash Friday morning on Highway 16 between the two cities that injured several people including serious injuries to a child.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, the crash at Highway 16 and Hazel Avenue east of Fort McCoy involved rescue crews performing CPR on a child.  Crews had to extricate others from the vehicles.

In all, the State Patrol reports that five people were injured. There is no official word yet on the extent of the injuries to any of the people involved.  

The Med Link helicopter also transported one person from the scene. Our crew at the scene says one other medical helicopter landed at the site.

The crash happened about 9:15 a.m.

Because of the crash, the State Patrol and Monroe County closed Highway 16 in both directions until about 12:15 p.m. 

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