NEW INFORMATION: Victim of deadly crash identified as UW-Stout administrator

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (UW-STOUT NEWS RELEASE) -- University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen and Jacalyn Weissenburger, provost and vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, released the following statements concerning the death of Hong Rost, UW-Stout director of international education, in a traffic accident Thursday:

“Our hearts and prayers go out to Hong’s family and friends,” Sorensen said. “She was a tremendous advocate for UW-Stout on the international stage. But more than that, she was a true friend and valued colleague. Her loss will be felt throughout campus.”

“Hong was a valued colleague and friend,” Weissenburger said. “We all are grieving with Hong’s family and will do everything possible to help them during this difficult time.

“Hong worked tirelessly to bring more international students to UW-Stout and to develop more travel-abroad opportunities,” Weissenburger said. “Her efforts have had immeasurable impact on scores of students and faculty at UW-Stout. Through her leadership, our graduates are better prepared for careers in a globalized society.

Rost has been at UW-Stout for about four years. The number of international students increased from 152 in 2009 to 295 in 2013. In 2012-13, UW-Stout had 289 student studying abroad.

Rost came to UW-Stout from UW-La Crosse, where she served as assistant director of the Office of International Education.
According to the Dunn County Sheriff's Office, the car driven by Rost, 55, of rural Colfax, was westbound on Highway D in the Town of Tainter on Thursday morning when she collided with a semi-trailer truck.
MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Investigators have identified the woman who died in a crash between a car and a semi on Thursday.

On Friday, the Dunn County Sheriff's Office said Hong Rost, 55, of Colfax died in the wreck. She was driving a car west on County Road D, north of Menomonie on Thursday morning. That's when deputies say she pulled into the path of a semi-tractor-trailer that was heading north on State Highway 25. Rost died at the scene.

The semi driver was not hurt.