Man suffers life-threatening injuries, arrested for OWI following crashes on Highway 14

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BROOKLYN, Wis. — Two crashes on U.S. Highway 14 near the Dane-Rock County line early Sunday morning left a 23-year-old Brooklyn man with life-threatening injuries, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said.

The first crash happened around 1:25 a.m. on Highway 14 at West Holt Road between Brooklyn and Evansville.

In a news release, the sheriff’s office said the 23-year-old was heading south on Highway 14 when he lost control of his SUV and slid sideways into the northbound lane.

A Rock County Highway Department plow then hit the SUV, splitting the SUV in two, the release said. The crash sent the back half of the SUV into the ditch, while the front half ended up in the southbound lane.

The SUV’s driver was able to get out and was standing in the road when a short time later a car heading south on Highway 14 hit the front of the SUV and then the man. That crash sent the car and the man into the ditch, pinning the man under the car.

First responders took the 23-year-old man to UW Hospital in Madison for medical attention; he was also arrested for first-offense operating while intoxicated, the release said. The car’s driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries, and the plow driver, a 43-year-old Janesville man, was not hurt.

Highway 14 was closed for multiple hours while crews responded to the crash.

Officials are still investigating what caused the crash but said slippery road conditions are suspected to be a factor.

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