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Seven injured in Interstate crash

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
July 19, 2010
— State troopers are looking for a driver they believe made an illegal u-turn on Interstate 90/39 on Sunday, resulting in injuries to a woman and six children from Illinois.

All of the injuries were characterized as not life-threatening.


All of the injured wore seatbelts, the Wisconsin State Patrol said.


The injured were all in a van driven by Ali-Moron Khayriyyah, 70, of Lansing, Ill.


The names of the children, from Oak Park and Lynwood, Ill., were not immediately released, pending notification of families. Their ages were 4, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14.


A 1998 Dodge van driven by Khayriyyah was northbound between Edgerton and Stoughton about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, when the Jeep made the U-turn and struck the van, a State Patrol report indicates.


The van appears to have gone off the right side of the highway, clipped off the 157 mile-marker post, traveled for more than 200 feet and crashed through a fence, landing in a wetland, according to on-scene observations by a Gazette reporter.


The Jeep driver ďbriefly stopped and then fled the scene,Ē the report states.


Authorities are looking for a man who was driving a Jeep Cherokee that made the U-turn. The Jeep was described as older and green.


The accident backed up northbound traffic near the Dane-Rock County line for miles, for several hours.


The report does not indicate whether the Jeepís driver offered assistance or otherwise communicated with the vanís occupants.


The middle of the mud-spattered vanís front bumper was caved in. The windshield was shattered but in place.


Ambulances were called from Janesville, Edgerton, Stoughton and possibly other departments.


Victims were taken to hospitals in Stoughton, Edgerton and Madison.


Earlier in the afternoon, another traffic delay was caused in the southbound lanes by a three-vehicle crash.



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