SPARTA, Wis. (WEAU) – A woman was hit and killed as she stood on a highway shortly after her car was rear-ended.
It happened around 8 a.m. Friday on State Highway 173 just north of County Road EW, which is east of Warrens.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department says Melissa Mundo, 34, was driving, when her car was rear-ended by another car.
Deputies have closed a section of the road from Highway 21 to County Highway HH. A grass fire sent smoke over the highway and reduced visibility.
The two drivers involved in the crash were standing in the road.
That’s when a pickup truck rear-ended the car that had rear-ended Mundo’s car. She was killed.
The other driver was flown to the hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries.
The pickup truck driver ended up with minor injuries.
Deputies say it was tough to see at the crash scene because of smoke from a nearby forest fire.
UPDATE: As of noon Friday, the Wisconsin State Patrol says crews have re-opened State Highway 173.
TOMAH, Wis. (WEAU) – Troopers have shut down a stretch of State Highway 173 from State Highway 21 to County Road HH because of a grass fire that sent smoke over the road, reducing visibility.
The Wisconsin State Patrol says the scene is near Mathers, which is east of Warrens. It’s resulted in crashes on both State Highway 173 and highway 21.
Investigators have also shut down a stretch of State Highway 21 east of Tomah.
It happened around 8 a.m. Friday. There’s no word on what caused the fire, or any details on the crashes.
Investigators have now confirmed that there are injuries in the crashes, but have yet to elaborate.
“I just know there’s a crash, there’s people hurt, and the road’s blocked off," said Monroe County Sheriff Peter Quirin.
If you’re heading north in that direction, the state patrol says you should go east on highway 21, to State Highway 80, and then north on highway 80 back to highway 173. It suggests reversing those directions for drivers heading south.