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UPDATE: Black River Falls woman killed in Onalaska crash

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Onalaska, WI (WXOW) -

Onalaska Police release the names of the two people involved in a fatal crash Monday afternoon.

Onalaska Police Chief Jeffrey Trotnic said that 66-year-old Rebecca Wilkinson of Black River Falls was turning left from County OS on to eastbound Highway 16 on a green light. Her car was hit by a pickup truck driven by 39-year-old Steven Kasper of Cadott. Kasper was headed west on Highway 16. 

The investigation showed that Kasper failed to stop for the red light, entered the intersection, and hit Wilkinson's vehicle. 

Members of the Onalaska Fire Department had to extricate Wilkinson from her car. She was then taken to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse where she was pronounced dead. 

Investigators spent several hours at the scene gathering information and evidence on the crash. 

Police said the case is being sent to the La Crosse County District Attorney's Office for review and possible charges, which is common in fatal crashes.


UPDATE: One person is dead following a two vehicle crash in Onalaska Monday afternoon.

Onalaska Police Chief Jeffrey Trotnic said that a pickup and a sedan collided about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 16 and County OS.

The initial investigation showed that the sedan was turning from County OS onto eastbound Highway 16 when it was hit by the westbound pickup truck.

Onalaska Fire and First Responders had to extricate the victim out of the vehicle following the crash. 

Tri-State Ambulance took the person to Gundersen Health System where the person was pronounced dead.

Names of the victim and the driver of the pickup have not been released. 

Traffic was backed up for several hours as investigators and members of the Wisconsin State Patrol took measurements for their crash reconstruction and investigation. 

As of 9:35 p.m., authorities were still on the scene. Traffic was moving slowly with one lane open on either side of Highway 16. 


Earlier version of story:

One person was taken from the scene of a vehicle crash in Onalaska with life-threatening injuries Monday afternoon.

The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 16 and County OS.

Onalaska Fire and First Responders had to cut the victim out of the vehicle following the crash.

Tri-State Ambulance confirmed that that person was then transported from the site and that the person had life-threatening injuries.

There's no other immediate word on any other injuries.  

Members of the Onalaska Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol are on the scene investigating the crash. 

Traffic is moving slowly through the area. As of 8:30 p.m., one lane of traffic is open on either side of Highway 16. 

Police ask that drivers find an alternate route around that portion of Highway 16.

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