Nov. 22, 2017 – Washington Co., WI – On Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 8:56 a.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a two-vehicle accident in the area of Highway 33 and N. Oak Road in the Town of Trenton. Callers reported a possible head-on collision and a subject with a head injury.
West Bend Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the scene along with deputies from the Sheriff’s Office.
Upon arrival there were two vehicles in the center of the roadway; a SUV with no damage and a Ford Focus with severe front-end damage and the operator was still inside. There was also a cargo type van with severe front end damage off the road in the south ditch line. The operator of the Ford Focus was extricated from the vehicle and transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was going to be flown via Flight For Life to Froedtert Hospital due to the extent of his injuries.
Through the investigation and witness statements, it was learned westbound traffic was stopped due to highway maintenance being conducted by the Washington County Highway Shop.
The van was westbound and the operator didn’t see the stopped traffic so the operator swerved into the eastbound lane to avoid rear ending the vehicle in front of him. At this time eastbound traffic was moving and the Ford Focus was struck head-on by the van. There was warning signage posted in both directions notifying motorists of the road work and the presence of flagmen.
The driver of the van is a 21-year-old Mequon man and he will be cited for Inattentive Driving. The operator of the Ford Focus is a 55-year-old West Bend man and we have no updated information on his condition.
There is no further information to release at this time.