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Two UW Med Flight helicopters landed on Highway 151 Tuesday following a multi-car crash near Columbus.

COLUMBUS — The name of the man who died in a multi-vehicle crash Tuesday on Highway 151 near Columbus was released by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday.

David P. Bickel, 38, Mukwonago, was declared dead at the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.

In an earlier press release, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said a 2017 Freightliner straight truck was traveling north on Highway 151 near Highway 73 south of Columbus when it struck a 2005 Honda minivan and then a 2016 Ford F250 pickup truck. The Freightliner pushed the pickup into a 2016 Ford Fusion and both trucks then struck a 2007 Honda Odyssey and a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse.

Bickel was in the pickup truck, along with two men who were seriously injured. They both were extricated by Columbus Fire Department personnel and flown from the scene by UW Med Flight to University Hospital in Madison.

The woman driving the Ford Fusion and two men who were in the Odyssey were transported from the scene by ambulance.

Inattentive driving and speed entering the construction zone appear to have been factors in the crash, according to the sheriff’s office. The northbound lanes of Highway 151 were closed for more than five hours. The crash remains under investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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