Assisting at the scene were the Westby Fire Department, Westby First Responders, Westby Police Department, Westby Street Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin DNR, Vernon County Highway Department, Tri-State Ambulance and Med-Link Air.
VIROQUA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Four people ended up with injuries in a three-vehicle crash north of Westby Thursday morning.
It happened around 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of State Highway 27 and Saugstad Road. The Vernon County Sheriff's Department says Justin Zierfus, 18, of rural Westby didn't yield at a stop sign, and started to cross highway 27, pulling into the path of a loaded, quad-axle milk truck. The truck collided with the front passenger side of Zierfus' vehicle. It spun, slammed into the rear wheels of the milk truck, and ended up hitting another vehicle head-on. It was headed north on highway 27. The first vehicle spun after that collision, and ended up in the ditch. The milk truck rolled over and ended up in the ditch.
David Lorenz, 45, was driving the second vehicle, and Sampson J. Fleming, 20, and Robert Sutton, 36, were riding with him. All three are from Chippewa Falls. Sutton was flown to the hospital with head and back injuries. Lorenz ended up with a severe foot injury and Zierfus ended up with minor knee and arm injuries. They were taken to the hospital by ambulance. Norman Hemmersbach, 55, of Westby was driving the milk truck. He was checked out at the hospital.