One man has died and a young boy remains in critical condition following a Friday evening crash in Wood County. A 31-year-old Vesper man and a 10-year-old boy were traveling north in a horse-drawn wagon on County Highway HH near Hayes Lane in the town of Hansen. They were hit from behind by a pickup truck that was traveling north on the same highway. Both occupants of the horse-drawn wagon were ejected and seriously injured. Both were airlifted to Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield in critical condition. The 31-year-old man has since died from his injuries. The man who was driving the pickup truck did not require medical attention. The crash is still under investigation, but authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
For more details, see the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune.
Horse-drawn wagons are common in rural Central Wisconsin, and drivers must exercise caution when approaching and passing these slow moving vehicles. When motor vehicles collide with horse-drawn wagons, they cause serious and tragic injuries. Unfortunately, there are often disputes over which party is at-fault for those injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a collision like the one described above, it is important to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney right away. The attorneys at Bremer & Trollop have experience handling such cases, and can begin an early investigation into the facts of the case, work with all available insurance to make sure that medical bills and funeral expenses are paid, and advocate on your behalf in speaking with the insurance company for the at-fault driver. Contact Bremer & Trollop at 715-849-3200 to set up a free consultation. Bremer & Trollop has office in Wausau, Marshfield, Stevens Point, Antigo and Minocqua.