An out-of-control pickup truck driven by a man under the influence of alcohol rammed an SUV from behind on a western Wisconsin interstate, leaving the pickup's driver dead and his two passengers seriously injured, authorities said.
All three were not wearing seat belts, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.
The crash occurred shortly before 6:15 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 94, about 20 miles east of the Minnesota border hear Baldwin, the patrol said.
Killed was 22-year-old Michael T. Doering, of New Richmond, Wis., according to the patrol. Hospitalized were his passengers, 24-year-old Lucas T. Pitzen, of New Richmond, and 23-year-old Mahriyah R. McKenzie, of Clear Lake, Wis. Unhurt in the SUV were the driver, a 53-year-old man from Colfax, Wis., and a 44-year-old man, also from Colfax.
About 5 minutes before the collision, the patrol said in a statement, authorities were notified of "a pickup driving erratically near mile marker 14 on I-94 eastbound."
Roughly 5 miles and 5 miles later, the same pickup hit the SUV from behind, veered into the right ditch and rolled over, the patrol added. The driver was thrown from the truck.
Alcohol use by all three in the pickup was detected, the patrol's statement noted.
Authorities have yet to release the identities of either driver or the pickup passengers.