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WSU Student Dies in Auto Accident; University Releases Statement

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - UPDATE: La Crosse Police have identified the driver of the vehicle that fell through the ice into Swift Creek.

Police said the woman is Ellen Marie Ahmann, 21, who was currently living in Winona and attending Winona State University.  She is originally from Woodbury, MN.

Police said an autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

The La Crosse Police Department continues to investigate this accident and death.

Winona State University says Ellen, who goes by the name Ellie, enrolled at the college in fall 2010 and was a finance major.

WSU says counseling and support services are available to those affected by her death.

"As we mourn the loss of this young woman, I encourage you to reach out to those who may be suffering and come together to remember her life.  The companionship and support we offer each other may help us make peace with this tremendous loss," said Patricia Rogers, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  "Please keep Ellie's family and friends in your thoughts and hearts."

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - La Crosse Police say emergency crews recovered a body from a vehicle submerged in Swift Creek Wednesday afternoon.

Sergeant Randy Rank says the incident began about 1:30 a.m. New Year's Day, when police, fire, and the La Crosse County Dive Unit were called to the area by 2nd Street, Norplex Drive, and Jackson Streets for a possible vehicle in the water.

An MTU employee called for emergency services after seeing tire tracks go off the street, over an embankment and out onto the ice.  The employee saw a large hole where it appeared a vehicle may have broken through, according to a police report.

Divers and underwater cameras located the car in roughly six to eight feet of water according to Sgt. Rank.

It took approximately 12 hours to bring the vehicle up from the water.  The victim was found dead inside the vehicle.

As of early Wednesday evening, the name of the victim, though known to police, hasn't been released yet pending notification of family.

The incident remains under investigation.

The La Crosse County Mass Casualty Team and the La Crosse County Medical Examiner's Office also aided the investigation.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)  La Crosse Police say emergency crews recovered a body from Swift Creek Wednesday afternoon.  They are not providing identification at this time.

Sergeant Randy Rank says the incident began about 1:30 in the morning, New Year's Day.  A car went down an embankment just off Jackson Street and onto the ice covering Swift Creek.  The car continued traveling south on the frozen Creek before it fell through.

Rank says there is no reason to believe there was anyone else in the car.

News 19 will provide further updates as they become available.

 

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