This week’s heavy snow blamed for numerous accidents

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During the winter storm of Sunday through Monday morning, there were numerous slideoffs and temporary road closures due to semis blocking the road. The following are reportable accidents that occurred during the winter weather event.

On Sunday, March 22, at 1:51 p.m., the Crawford County sheriff’s department was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 27 near the intersection of Nolan Road in the township of Prairie du Chien.

Norman Hare, 48, of Viroqua, was traveling northbound on Highway 27 in a 2004 Toyota Corolla when he lost control of his vehicle due to the snow and slush on the roadway. Hare crossed the center line into the southbound lane and struck a trailer being pulled by a 2006 Ford F150 operated by Stephen Stormer, 70, of Madison. Stormer had two passengers in his vehicle, Jacob Stormer, 37, of Stoughton, and Robert Noethe, 52, of Blue Mounds.

Hare, Stephen and Jacob Stormer, and Noethe claimed no injuries from the crash. Hare’s vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene. Stephen Stormer’s truck sustained minor damage and his trailer sustained severe damage and was towed from the scene.

Due to this crash and the snow and slush on the roadways, two other vehicles went off the road and were towed from the ditch.

Assisting at the scene was Bob’s Towing and Repair.

On Sunday, March 22, at 2:10 p.m., the Crawford County Dispatch Center was notified of a three-vehicle crash on Highway 27, north of Oak Grove Lane in Eastman Township.

Shania Sprosty, 19, of rural Steuben, was driving a 2005 Dodge Stratus south on Highway 27 on snow covered, slippery roads when she sideswiped a northbound 2003 Ford pickup driven by Douglas DuCharme, 53, of Eastman. Her vehicle continued south, sideswiping a 2011 Buick SUV driven by Edward Doskocil, 52, of rural Gays Mills.

All drivers as well as Sprosty’s passenger, Larry Jelinek, and Doskocil’s passenger, Amy Doskocil, escaped injury. All vehicles sustained moderate damage and were able to be driven from the scene.

It was snowing at the time of the crash.

On Sunday, March 22, at 2:20 p.m., the sheriff’s department was notified of a two vehicle crash on Highway 27 just south of Nolan Road in the Prairie du Chien Township. This crash happened while deputies were on scene at another crash.

Crawford County Highway Patrolmen Aaron Kazda, 41, of Prairie du Chien, was operating a 2007 International plow truck northbound on Highway 27. Kazda stopped due to the other crash when Joseph Lagan, 82, of Gays Mills, who was northbound in a 2000 Dodge Grand Caravan, hit the back of the plow truck. He was unable to stop due snow and slush in the roadway.

Lagan and Kazda claimed no injuries from the crash. The plow truck sustained no damage and Lagan’s vehicle sustained moderate damage. Both vehicles were driven from the scene by the operators.
Lagan was cited for no auto insurance.  

On Sunday, March 22, at 2:57 p.m., the sheriff’s department was notified of a two-vehicle crash on Highway 35 at the intersection of County K in Prairie du Chien Township.

Scott Wojan, 35, of Caledonia, Minn., was traveling east on County K in a 1998 Chevy Cavalier and was unable to stop at the intersection due to the snow and slush in the roadway. Wojan struck a 2007 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Eugene Nelson, 76, of Rice Lake, traveling south on Highway 35. Wojoan had two passengers, Todd Weston, 52, and Glenda Hanson, 33, both of Caledonia, Minn., while Nelson also had two passengers, David Nelson, 41, and Derek Fredricks, 21, both of Prairie du Chien. All parties involved in the crash claimed no injuries.

Both vehicles sustained moderate damage and were towed from the scene by Bob’s Towing and Repair. The Prairie du Chien Police Department also assisted.

Wojan was cited for no valid driver’s license and Weston was cited for no auto insurance.

On Sunday, March 22, at 4:35 p.m., a one-vehicle rollover was reported on Wall Ridge Road near Bettys Lane in the township of Eastman.

Dylan Varo, 25, of Prairie du Chien, was traveling west on Wall Ridge Road when he lost control of his 1995 Toyota Tacoma due to the snow and slush. Varo went off the north side embankment causing the vehicle to overturn once, coming to rest on its top.

Varo claimed no injuries from the crash. His vehicle sustained moderate damage and was towed from the scene by Bob’s Towing and Repair.  

On Monday March 23, at 2:54 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a two-vehicle accident in Wauzeka Township on Gran Grae Road, approximately four-tenths of mile east of Bouska Road.

A 2000 Dodge pickup owned by Josh Peloch, 35, of rural Eastman, and driven by Dawn Naber, 34, of East Troy, was eastbound and pulling a gooseneck trailer loaded with six hay bales.

A 2006 Subaru Forester, owned by Kim Pinkham, 58, of Prairie du Chien, operating as a mail carrier, was westbound on Gran Grae Road.

The Pinkham vehicle slid into the path of the Peloch vehicle.

There were no injuries. Both vehicles had heavy damage. The sheriff’s department was assisted by Bob’s Towing.

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