Two airlifted following Thursday evening crash

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Two people were airlifted following a two-vehicle crash on Highway 18 Thursday evening, March 17, around 6:25 p.m., near Ward Road in Bridgeport Township, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.

William E. Hampton, 55, of Prairie du Chien, was operating a 2000 Chevy Malibu eastbound on State Highway 18 when he lost control of the vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway. Hampton attempted to correct the vehicle and get back onto the roadway and in his lane of travel. Once on the pavement, Hampton’s vehicle started to spin out of control, crossed the center line, and entered the westbound lane of traffic backwards.

Hampton’s vehicle was struck by a 2013 GMC Yukon operated by Michael R. McKinney, 68, of Houston, Minn. McKinney attempted to avoid the Hampton vehicle by swerving onto his shoulder of the roadway but was unable to avoid the collision. The vehicles crashed and stopped off the north side of the roadway.

Renee J. Hampton, 52, of Prairie du Chien, was a passenger in the Malibu. William and Renee were both transported to Crossing Rivers Health and then later airlifted due to the extent of their injuries. On Friday afternoon, Renee was in critical condition at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse and William Hampton was in stable condition at UW Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, according to Sheriff Dale McCullick.

Joseph G. Hundt, 61, of Bangor, and Jeramy J. Mc-Kinney, 45, of West Salem, were passengers in the 2013 GMC Yukon. All parties in the Yukon were transported to Crossing Rivers Health for minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

State Highway 18 was closed for approximately 4.5 hours, while the accident was reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Also assisting on scene was Tri-State EMS, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Bridgeport Fire Department, Bridgeport First Responders, Mar Mac Police Department, Mar Mac EMS, Crawford County Highway Department, Bob’s Towing and Repair and Wisconsin State Patrol.

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