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One dead in Footville crash

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Catherine W. Idzerda
November 30, 2007
— Officials are investigating if a medical problem played a role in the fatal crash Thursday on Highway 11 near Footville.

Karen A. Moore, 79, Brodhead, was killed when her car struck a semitrailer truck head-on, according to a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.


“Because of the driver’s age, one of the things we have to consider in this case is a medical problem,” Rock County Sheriff’s Department Cmdr. Troy Knudson said.


Speed, alcohol and drugs are not considered factors in the accident, Knudson said.


The department responded at about 11:43 a.m. along with the Wisconsin State Patrol, Orfordville police and fire and rescue units from Janesville, Orfordville and Footville.


Officers found Moore’s vehicle in the westbound lane with severe front-end damage. The semitrailer truck was in the south ditch, resting on its right side.


Initial investigation showed that the car veered into the path of a semidriven by John Goljenboom 47, of Pickett. Goljenboom drove onto the shoulder to avoid hitting the car.


“Our investigation showed that the driver of the truck did everything he could to avoid the accident,” Knudson said.


The driver of the car was extricated by fire personnel.


A Helicopter was called in from Rockford, Ill., to transport Moore, but Rock County Chief Deputy Coroner Christine Hawley declared Moore deceased.


Goljenboom was not injured.


Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.


A third vehicle struck was by a truck tire, but the driver of the vehicle was not injured.


The coroner’s office is continuing to investigate Moore’s death; autopsy and toxicology results are pending.



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