NEW INFO: Speed, alcohol not factors in deadly Altoona crash; names released

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The Altoona Police Department releases the following information based upon preliminary investigation of the crash that occurred on US 12 on 09/26/12:

A White 2005 Buick driven by Roger J Zwart, 77, of Longville, MN was southbound on McCann Dr and entered US 12 to make a left hand turn to travel Eastbound. While attempting to cross traffic the Buick was struck in the driver’s side door by a 2001 Dodge Ram pick up driven by Alan R Ross, 37, Fall Creek. The truck was pulling a large trailer carrying two round hay bales.

It appears the crash was due to the vehicle driven by Roger Zwart failing to yield to the oncoming pick up truck. Speed and alcohol WERE NOT factors in the crash. All occupants in both vehicles were wearing seat belts.

The following people were involved in this crash:

Roger J Zwart, 77, Longville, MN . Driver of Buick. Tranported to Sacred Heart and died as the result of crash injuries

Donna G. Zwart, 77, Longville, MN. Passenger in Buick. Transported to Mayo with life threatening injuries.

Monna L. Clemens, 67, Eau Claire, WI. Passenger in Buick. Transported to Sacred Heart with non life threatening injuries.

Alan R Ross, 37, Fall Creek, WI. Driver of Dodge Pick up. No injuries

Shannon L Ross, 35, Fall Creek, WI. Passenger in Pick up. No injuries

Minor child. Passenger in Pick up. No injuries.

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - The Altoona Police Department says one person is dead after a crash on HWY 12 near McCann Drive.

Officers say two others were hurt in the crash. They say one is in the hospital with life threatening injuries. The other has non-life threatening injuries.

Officers say the crash happened around 7:30 Wednesday night when the vehicle pulled out in front of another vehicle heading westbound on HWY 12.

Both lanes of HWY 12 were closed until just before 1:00 A.M on Thursday.

Police are not yet releasing the names of those involved.


ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - Three people are injured in a crash in Altoona.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 12, shutting down the westbound lanes near McCann Drive.

Firefighters say they're still trying to figure out the car and pickup truck collided.

Crews say the three people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

One person had to be cut out of the car.

Our photographer on scene says officers have completely closed down the westbound lanes of Highway 12 and are diverting traffic on to North Hillcrest Parkway. He also says that one lane of Highway 12 eastbound is shut down near the scene.

Tune into WEAU 13 News at 10 for more on this story.