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21-Year-Old from Jackson tried to Pass in Gravel Shoulder Causing Fatal Crash

A 21-year-old man from Jackson tried to pass a car by driving in the gravel shoulder on STH 60 which led to a crash that a 60-year-old woman died in.

According to Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred Tuesday at 2:33 PM.

The incident occurred at STH 60 1/10 of a mile east of CTH M in the Town of Jackson reference a four car, head-on, vehicular crash.

Passing motorists that stopped to assist advised one operator was trapped in a vehicle and another operator was ejected from a vehicle.

The trapped operator was extricated from the vehicle allowing medical personnel to begin life-saving efforts.

Life-saving efforts continued as Flight for Life transported her to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Sometime after departure, life-saving efforts were discontinued as she was now deceased. She was a 60-year-old from Hartford.

The ejected operator was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee via ambulance with significant injury.

The injured (significant injury) operator is a 21 YOA male from the Village of Jackson. The injured (minor injury) operator is a 16 YOA female from the Town of Jackson and the injured (minor injury) passenger is a 17 YOA female from the Village of Jackson.

Initial investigation of the crash shows a male operator was operating his vehicle eastbound on STH 60 just east of CTH M when he entered the southern gravel shoulder of STH 60 to perform a passing maneuver of two eastbound vehicles in front of him.

When attempting this he lost control in the gravel resulting in the vehicle sliding back into the roadway, crossing the center line into the westbound lane of travel. Here it struck a westbound vehicle driven by the trapped/deceased operator. As the westbound vehicle spun off STH 60 after initial impact, it made contact with a parked motor vehicle in a residential yard adjacent to the highway prior to coming to rest directly next to the residence itself. A fourth vehicle (eastbound) occupied by two female subjects swerved to avoid the crash and entered the south ditch of STH 60. This vehicle sustained minor damage from entering the ditch and the occupants suffered minor injury.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction team is assisting with the investigation. Contributing factors of the crash are being investigated. STH 60 was closed to all traffic in the immediate area of the crash for approximately seven hours to assist with investigative and clean up measures.

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