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Two die, six hurt in I-90 crash

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
November 27, 2009
— Two Minnesota residents died and six people were injured Tuesday night in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90/39 near Newville Road, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Ruby J. Alexander, 54, of Rochester, Minn., and a 6-year-old boy, also of Rochester, were taken to Mercy Hospital, where they died, the State Patrol reported.


They were passengers in a Dodge Caravan being driven south at 7:57 p.m. by Kelley M. Waites, 24, of Rochester. Traffic ahead of Waites slowed, and he apparently was unable to stop safely. He lost control of the van, which crossed the median, traveled into the northbound lanes and hit a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Jeffrey Albertini, 25, of Madison, the State Patrol reported.


Waites, who was wearing his seatbelt, was taken to Mercy Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition, according to a hospital spokesperson.


Albertini, who also was wearing his seatbelt, was taken to Edgerton Hospital. His condition was unknown Wednesday, but his injuries reportedly were not life threatening.


The State Patrol is investigating the crash.


Other passengers in the Dodge Caravan were a 15-year-old male and a 17-year-old female, both from Rochester. Both were wearing seatbelts. They were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Edgerton Hospital, according to the State Patrol.


Traffic in both directions on the interstate was blocked or slowed for several hours.


The Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Rock County coroner, Rock County Highway Department and Edgerton Fire Department and EMS assisted at the scene.



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