Four people were killed and five others injured in a two-vehicle crash in northwestern Wisconsin over the weekend.
According to various media reports about the collision, the crash, which was between a minivan and a pickup truck, happened near Cornell.
“Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk told the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram it’s the worst accident he’s seen in 40 years of law enforcement,” an article on the TMJ-4 website reads. “He says it happened around 5 p.m. Saturday when a minivan either failed to yield or ran a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck.”
Three women and one man were reported dead at the scene of the crash. Those who were killed were identified by the Sheriff’s Office after family and friends were notified. The people identified included 46-year-old Kristine J. Kummer, of Medford; 36-year-old Jonathan J. Jorgensen, of Eau Claire; 23-year-old Mikaila S. Toske, of Eau Claire; and 21-year-old Raven A. Ellin, also of Eau Claire.
Toske, Ellin and Jorgensen were reportedly passengers in the minivan that collided with a pickup truck in which Kummer was a passenger.
Photos that accompanied the article show the minivan completely destroyed and it looks as though it may have caught fire and was torched, but there’s no mention in the article whether or not a fire was involved.
“The five survivors, including the two drivers, were taken to Eau Claire hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries,” the article reads.
Preliminary data by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows that 178 fatalities have occurred as a result of a traffic collision in the state so far this year. Final figures from last year show that 588 people were killed on Wisconsin roads, up from 555 in 2015 and 494 in 2014.
The Wisconsin DOT data on fatalities through May 21, 2017 show no deaths had occurred in Chippewa or Eau Claire as a result of a vehicle crash. One person was killed in 2016 in Chippewa in a vehicle crash and 10 fatalities were reported last year in Eau Claire, down from 6 in 2015 and 4 in 2014.