Two people hospitalized after hitting bridge pier

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(WEAU) - Two people were taken to the hospital Monday morning after hitting a bridge pier.

Monroe county sheriff Pete Quirin says it happened around 7:00 a.m. on State Highway 71, southeast of Sparta.

He says 59-year-old Myron Leis of Sparta fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line and then went off the shoulder into the pier. Quirin says the truck came to rest in a cornfield.

Leis and his passenger 44-year-old Eric Leis of Kendall were both taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.