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Three vehicle accident sends four to hospital

Photo from Ken Frye Photo from Ken Frye
Photo from Ken Frye Photo from Ken Frye

WESTBY, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A crash between a milk tanker truck and two other vehicles ends up with four people going to area hospitals Wednesday morning.

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said that a car driven by 18-year-old Justin Zierfus of Westby pulled out onto Highway 27 and into the path of a milk truck driven by Norman Hemmersbach of Westby.  After the truck hit the front passenger side of the car, it spun around and hit the truck's back wheels.

Zierfus' car was pushed into the opposite lane and was hit head on by a vehicle driven by 45-year-old David Lorenz of Chippewa Falls.  Lorenz also had two passengers, 36-year-old Robert Sutton and Sampson Fleming, both from Chippewa Falls.

While Lorenz' vehicle remained on the highway, Zierfus' car and the milk truck ended up in the ditch.  The milk truck rolled as it went into the ditch.

Med-Link Air took Sutton to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse with head and back injuries. Lorenz and Zierfus went to Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua.  The Sheriff's Department said Lorenz had a substantial foot injury while Zierfus had minor knee and arm injuries.

Hemmersbach went by private vehicle to Gundersen Health System to get checked out.

With the exception of Sutton, the Sheriff's Department said the four other people involved in the crash were wearing their seat belts.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate the accident.

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