CLARK COUNTY, Wis. (RELEASE) -- Several people are injured after a two vehicle accident on STH 13 by Colby Factory Road in the Town of Colby.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Marathon County of the crash at about 6:43 am, on Wednesday November 7, 2018. Initial investigation indicates that a pickup truck with 3 passengers, driven by Pedro Cruz 44 yrs. old, was driving south on STH 13 when the operator lost control of his vehicle. The pickup crossed the center line and was struck on the passenger side by a north bound pickup driven by Dustin Feddick, 23 yrs. old, and started on fire.
Both trucks came to rest in the east shoulder partially blocking the north bound lane of traffic. Witnesses traveling north bound put the fire out and helped the injured until ambulance crews arrived. A third vehicle, also traveling north, swerved into the east ditch to avoid hitting the vehicles.
All the occupants of the south bound truck were transported by ambulance and the operator of the northbound vehicle was airlifted to the Marshfield Medical Center after being extricated with the jaws of life.
Another injury occurred when a passerby stopped to help render aid and fell on the ice – hurting her ankle.
During the process of treating the injured and diverting traffic, a semi that was traveling south had one of his trailer tires start on fire about ½ mile north of the scene. The fire was put out and the State Patrol assisted the operator.
STH 13 was blocked for several hours until the scene was cleared. Its unknown if the vehicle occupants were wearing their seatbelts. Speed and slippery road conditions are believed to be factors in the accident.
The Central Fire and Ambulance Service responded to the scene with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, Spencer Area Ambulance, Owen-Withee Area Ambulance, Safer Med Ambulance and Life Link Ambulance Service and the Abbotsford-Colby Police Department. The investigation is continuing by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.