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Four vehicle accident near Janesville claims one life

ROCK CO, WI (CBS 58) -- One person was killed and two others injured in a four vehicle accident on I-39 near Janesville early Sunday morning.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol the accident happened just after 4:30 AM in the north bound lane of I-39 near mile marker 177 south of Janesville.   A 27-year-old woman was severely injured in the crash and according to the State Patrol, later died in Mercy Hospital in Janesville.   She was a passenger in a 2017 Hyundai  which collided with a 2018 Ford Escape.   The driver of the Hyundai, a 24-year-old woman and a second passenger, a 39-year-old man were injured in the collision.  Their injuries are considered non-life threatening.

The State Patrol says the Hyundai rear ended the Escape and the vehicles then struck the median wall and came to rest in the right lane of traffic on I-39.   A third car and a semi-trailer truck then collided with the Hyundai and Escape.

The 62-year-old male driver of the Escape and his 56-year-old female passenger and the 48-year-old man driving the third car were not injured in the collision.   The driver of the semi was also uninjured.

The State Patrol has not released the names of any of the people involved in the crash.

The north bound lanes of I-39 were closed for over three hours  as crews worked to clear the crash scene.   The accident is still under investigation by the State Patrol.

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