Fatal Dane County highway crash involves about 20 vehicles
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VERONA, Wis. (AP) - -
UPDATE: 2:55 p.m.
TOWN OF VERONA (WKOW) – One person died and six people were transported to area hospitals following a crash Monday morning along U.S. Highway 151 near County Highway PD.
The crash was reported about 8 a.m. Feb. 12, 2018, during the busy morning commute.
Witnesses say a large band of fog covered the highway where Badger Mill Creek goes under the roadway, obscuring the view. Poor visibility due to heavy patches of fog is believed to be a contributing factor, according to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff.
Up to 20 vehicles, including three semis were involved in the crash on the northbound lanes. The lanes were closed for five to six hours as crews cleaned up the scene.
In addition to the one fatality, five others were transported by ambulance to area hospitals and one more was transported by MedFlight.
Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputies along with officers from Verona, Fitchburg, and the Wisconsin State Patrol, along with multiple other agencies responded.
Uninjured occupants and motorists from the immediate crash scene were transported to the Verona Fire Department. Family members were asked to report to the Verona Fire Department to make contact with their loved ones.
Authorities say heavy fog is apparently a factor in a fatal crash on a southern Wisconsin highway that involves about 20 vehicles.
Officials say at least one person has died in the pileup on eastbound Highway 18/151 just south of Verona Monday morning. The Dane County Sheriff's Office says poor visibility due to heavy patches of fog is believed to be a contributing factor.
The sheriff's office says uninjured drivers and passengers are being taken to the Verona Fire Department.
The eastbound lanes are expected to be closed for the next five to six hours.
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