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

COLUMBUS—A truck that apparently failed to slow for traffic in a construction zone on Highway 151 near Columbus struck five vehicles resulting in one fatality and multiple injuries, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

In a press release, the sheriff’s office said a white, 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.

A male passenger in the pickup was declared dead at the scene. The driver and a passenger, both males, in the pickup were extricated by Columbus Fire Department personnel and flown from the scene by UW Med Flight to UW Hospital in Madison. Both UW Med Flight helicopters landed on Highway 151.

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

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. Names of all occupants are being withheld pending notification of family.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire Department, Medflight, Lifestar EMS, Sun Prairie EMS, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin DOT, Wisconsin State Patrol, Columbia County Highway Department, Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office and Blystone Towing and Napleton towing.

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