Wintry weather in western Wisconsin contributed to the death of a driver who was thrown from his minivan in a head-on crash and then crushed by a third vehicle that came along.
The multivehicle wreck occurred northwest of Menomonie on Hwy. 12 near 429th Street, about 40 miles east of Hudson, according to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.
The van driver was identified Tuesday by the Sheriff’s Office as Ronnie Imboden, 70, from nearby Knapp. Three people injured in the other two vehicles were hospitalized. Their conditions were not immediately known.
“Road conditions due to adverse weather were a factor in the crash,” a statement from the Sheriff’s Office read.
According to the Sheriff’s Office:
A car heading east shortly after dark Friday on Hwy. 12 collided with Imboden’s westbound van. Imboden was thrown from his vehicle.
An eastbound pickup truck hit the car and the van before coming to rest on Imboden. He was hospitalized in Eau Claire and died the next day.
The couple in the car, Joe and Lori Broker, both 56, of nearby Colfax, were injured as was pickup driver Jennifer Thatcher, 43, of Wilson, Wis.