Crash in Beaver Dam leads to life-threatening injuries, officials say
BEAVER DAM, Wis. — One person suffered life-threatening injuries Friday afternoon in a crash in Beaver Dam, police said.
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash on Highway 151 near Hemlock Road at approximately 11:15 a.m. A Dodge Grand Caravan and a Chevrolet Equinox crashed while traveling southbound, according to a preliminary investigation.
The Grand Caravan was driving on the west side gravel shoulder, approaching the intersection with Hemlock Road, and the Equinox was on the inside lane. The Grand Caravan abruptly turned eastbound and traveled across the southbound lanes to initiate a turn on Hemlock Road, according to a news release from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.
The Grand Caravan traveled into the path of the Equinox, and the Equinox struck the driver’s side of the Grand Caravan, which entered the median, where it overturned and came to rest on its wheels, according to the report.
The driver of the Grand Caravan — Josef S. Merk, 81 — was ejected from the vehicle and sustained serious, life-threatening injuries. The occupants of the Equinox — Sarah A. Aellig, 25, her five-week old daughter and 5-year-old son — sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report.
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