One person killed after four-vehicle collision in Washington County

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WASHINGTON CO. (WITI) — One person was killed, two others were hurt after a four-vehicle rear-end collision in the Town of Addison in Washington County on Monday, September 16th.

The wreck happened around 8:15 a.m. on Highway 33 just west of Aurora Rd.

Investigators say four vehicles were travelling westbound on Hwy. 33 and were stopped in the westbound lane at a traffic control point in the Hwy. 33 construction zone. The control point was manned by an employee of the construction crew who was using a portable stop sign to control the flow of westbound traffic.  The stop sign was directing for westbound traffic to stop.

The rear-most vehicle stopped in traffic was a sedan operated by a 33-year-old West Bend woman. A 50-year-old woman, also from West Bend, was a passenger in the front passenger seat.

A westbound SUV operated by a 22-year-old West Bend woman failed to stop for the vehicles stopped in traffic. The SUV collided with the sedan causing it to strike the next vehicle in line and then skid across the lanes of traffic and enter the eastbound ditch line. That next vehicle in line then rear ended one additional vehicle that was stopped in traffic.

The passenger in the sedan was pronounced dead at the scene by the Washington County Medical Examiner. The driver of the sedan was transported with non-life threatening injuries to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee by West Bend Rescue. The driver of the SUV was transported with non-life threatening injuries to St. Josephs Hospital in West Bend by Allenton Rescue.  The drivers of the other two vehicles declined treatment for any injuries. Allenton Fire Department responded for assistance at the scene.

Inattentive driving by the operator of the SUV is believed to have been a contributing factor in the accident. The accident is being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Team.

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