A motorcyclist is dead after a crash on Highway 69 near Monticello involving a milk truck. The fatal crash reportedly occurred on Tuesday morning about 6:30 a.m.
The names of the victims had not been released as of Thursday morning.
According to an article by WMTV, Highway 69 was closed in both directions due to the crash for about two hours. The Green County Sheriff’s Office was on scene investigating the crash.
Earlier this year, a 9-year-old boy who was riding with his father in a milk truck was killed following a collision in western Wisconsin. The crash occurred in the early morning hours of January 22 on Hwy. 8 west of Barron, according to an article in the Star Tribune.
A preliminary investigation into the crash showed that Rogalla was driving eastbound and crossed into the path of the milk truck, which was traveling westbound. The tanker was carrying a full load of milk at the time of the crash.
“Alex Olmsted, of Clintonville, Wis., was trapped underneath the semi and died at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said. The boy’s father, 48-year-old Jerald Olmsted, was removed from the wreckage and hospitalized with severe injuries,” the article reads. “The driver of the other vehicle, 22-year-old Nicholas Rogalla, of nearby Rice Lake, was hospitalized and was expected to survive his injuries.”
Preliminary data by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows that 196 fatalities have occurred as a result of a traffic collision in the state so far this year – as of May 28. Final figures from last year show that 588 people were killed on Wisconsin roads, up from 555 in 2015 and 494 in 2014.
In Green County, as of May 28, 2017, three fatalities have been confirmed as a result of a vehicle crash, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
In 2015, 4,976 people died in motorcycle crashes across the U.S., up 8.3 percent from 4,594 in 2014, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report.