A two-car crash in Vernon County killed a 19-year-old early Sunday morning. It happened at approximately 1:20 AM in the Town of Kickapoo, west of Readstown.
Vernon County Sheriff John Spears said Preston D. Nelson, age 19, of rural Soldier's Grove, was operating a pickup eastbound on US Highway 14 when he lost control. His truck crossed the center line, made contact with another eastbound vehicle, and entered the left ditch. It rolled multiple times, and Preston was ejected. Preston D. Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Steven R. Young, age 18, of rural Chaseburg, was extricated from the truck, using Jaws of Life, and transported by Med Link Air to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, with serious injuries. Taylor A. VanVoorhis, age 19, of La Crosse, was transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua, then transferred to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, with serious injuries.
Jacob W. Kent, age 18, of Nekoosa, was transported by private vehicle to Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua, WI with non life-threatening injuries and was released. None of the occupants are believed to have been wearing a seatbelt.
The second vehicle was operated by Dalton R. Mikkelson, age 17, of rural Viroqua. Occupants included Levin S. LeMere, age 18, of rural Viroqua, and Evin D. Engen, age 19, of rural Viroqua. Dalton's truck was eastbound on US Highway 14 when it contacted Preston Nelson's truck, sustaining very minor damage. No one in Dalton Mikkelson's truck was injured.
Assisting the Sheriff's Office at the scene were the Viroqua Police Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Readstown Fire Department, Readstown Ambulance, Viola Fire Department, Kickapoo Valley Rescue Squad, Viroqua Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, and Med Link Air.
The crash remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff's Office, the Vernon County Coroner's Office, and the Wisconsin State Patrol. This crash marks the second 2015 traffic fatality in Vernon County.