Sometimes a rear-ender can have a ripple effect. In a recent case, such a collision had tragic consequences. A 79-year-old Wautoma man was killed in a car accident that occurred on State Highway 21 at 20th Drive in Marion, Wisconsin, recently.
According to deputies of the Waushara County Sheriff's Department, the motorist who died was driving a Jaguar west on Highway 21, while a driver of a Hyundai headed eastbound had stopped to wait to make a left turn onto 20th Drive.
According to the Northwestern, the Hyundai was struck from behind by the driver of an eastbound traveling Dodge, which forced the Hyundai into the westbound lane, where it struck the Jaguar's passenger side. The elderly man driving the Jaguar was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Dodge was airlifted by helicopter to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah for unknown injuries, while two passengers in that vehicle were transported to Berlin Memorial Hospital. The nature of their injuries was not reported, either.
The driver of the Hyundai and two passengers were also transported to Berlin Memorial Hospital for unknown injuries, according to reports.
The accident is still under investigation by the Waushara County Sheriff's Department. A Wisconsin State Patrol reconstruction team is assisting. The Jaguar driver's death counts as the fourth fatal injury in Waushara County so far in 2011.
Sadly, the crash serves as a reminder of how quickly an accident can involve multiple vehicles, and turn deadly. Please keep a careful eye out at all times while driving.
Source: The Northwestern, "Wautoma man killed in three-vehicle crash in Waushara County," 30 June 2011