Five injured in Clark County accident
For Hub City Times
NEILLSVILLE – Several people were injured after a two-vehicle accident on State Highway 13 near Colby Factory Road in the town of Colby.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Marathon County of the crash on Nov. 7 at 6:43 a.m. Initial investigation indicated that a pickup truck with three passengers, driven by Pedro Cruz, 44, was driving south on Hwy 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 pick-up truck driven by Dustin Feddick, 23, and started on fire.
Both trucks came to rest in the east shoulder partially blocking the northbound lane of traffic. Nearby travelers put the fire out and assisted the injured individuals until ambulance crews arrived. A third vehicle, also traveling north, swerved into the east ditch to avoid hitting the vehicles.
All individuals in the Cruz vehicle were transported by ambulance and Feddick was airlifted to the Marshfield Medical Center after being extricated with the jaws of life.
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 a half mile north of the scene. The fire was put out and the State Patrol assisted that driver.
Hwy 13 was blocked for several hours while the scene was cleared. Speed and slippery road conditions are believed to be factors in the accident.
The Central Fire and Ambulance Service responded to the scene, along 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 accident is under investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.