Authorities cite speed entering a construction zone and inattentive driving as factors in a multi-vehicle crash near Columbus, Wisconsin, on Highway 151 last week. Helicopters and ambulances were necessary to transport five people injured in the collision, four men and a woman, to the hospital, and another man died at the scene. An investigation into the accident is ongoing, and cleanup required the closure of the northbound lanes where the crash occurred for five hours thereafter.
Vehicles involved in the crash include three cars, a minivan, a pickup truck and a commercial truck. For reasons that are still unclear, the commercial truck struck the pickup and the minivan, either at the same time or in rapid succession. Both the commercial truck and the pickup struck two other cars, and the commercial truck pushed the pickup into a third car.
The pickup contained three occupants. The two passengers, both male, traveled to a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, by helicopter following extrication from the vehicle. The 38-year-old male driver did not survive the crash. Ambulances transported the two male occupants of one of the three cars, as well as the female driver of another, away from the scene. No information is currently available as to the condition of those injured in the crash.
The survival odds for the occupants of smaller cars and trucks tend not to be very good when a large commercial vehicle is involved. Victims of truck accidents may find it helpful to contact an attorney to inquire about potential damages that may be available.