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Chain reaction accident claims one life and injures first responder

High speed on snow covered and icy roads are considered contributing factors in fatal chain reaction accident on I-90/94 near Lake Delton this morning.   According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, a 54-year-old woman from Montello was attempting to enter west bound I-90/94 at US 12 around 8 AM when she lost control of her vehicle, spinning out and colliding with a westbound vehicle on the freeway.   Her vehicle came to rest on the right shoulder of the highway.   The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.   The driver of the second vehicle, a 53-year-old man from Merrimac, was not injured.

About 45 minutes later, a firefighter from Lake Delton Fire Department was injured while lending assistance in the first accident.   The Wisconsin State Patrol said the 39-year-old firefighter from Baraboo had parked his truck on the right shoulder of the highway with its emergency lights flashing.   The man was behind his truck directing traffic when the 26-year-old driver of a westbound vehicle lost control on the slippery highway, striking the firefighter and a road sign before coming to rest in the roadway.

According to the State Patrol, the firefighter was taken to the St. Clare Hospital and then transferred UW Hospitals with serious injuries.   The 26-year-old woman driver from Waukesha, was not injured in the accident.

The State Patrol said road conditions warranted slower than posted speeds at the time of the accidents.

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