Hartford Man Dies in Roll-Over Crash on I-41 in Washington County

A fatal roll-over accident occurred in Washington County on Friday involving a 35-year-old Hartford man.

This is the tenth traffic fatality of the year.

At approximately 11:17 a.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a single vehicle roll-over accident on I41 southbound approximately .1 miles south of CTH FD/Pioneer Rd. in the Village of Richfield.

Deputies and personnel from the Jackson Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.

According to Washington County Sheriff's Office, Deputies observed a badly damaged SUV located in the grassy area just west of the CTH FD/Pioneer Rd. on-ramp to southbound I41.

The operator, a 35-year-old Hartford man, and sole occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Police believe the decedent’s vehicle had been southbound on I41 in the right lane, when it rapidly approached other southbound vehicles which were reducing speed due to a construction related lane closure ahead.

The decadent swerved and subsequently lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle entered the grassy area between I41 southbound and the on-ramp causing the vehicle to roll several times, ejecting the operator. It was determined that the decedent was not wearing a safety belt.            

The on-ramp to I41 southbound from CTH FD/Pioneer Rd. was closed for approximately 1.5 hours, and the right lane of I41 in the area of the crash was closed for approximately 1.25 hours, both to facilitate rescue and clean-up efforts.

A Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper also assisted as the scene with traffic control.

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