One dead, two injured in town of Magnolia accident
TOWN OF MAGNOLIA—One person died and two others were injured in a two-vehicle crash this morning in the town of Magnolia south of Evansville, according to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a news release:
Sheriff’s deputies from Rock and Green counties, Evansville police, fire and EMS, Albany fire and Brooklyn EMS were dispatched at 5:24 a.m. to Highway 59 about two-tenths of a mile east of Highway 104 near the county line.
Deputies found a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville about 15 feet off the road in the south ditch with heavy front-end damage and the male driver trapped. A 2007 Chevrolet Malibu also was on its passenger side in the middle of the roadway with the male driver and male passenger trapped.
MedFlight was called to the scene, but the driver of the Malibu was pronounced dead at the scene. The passenger of the Malibu was flown to University Hospital in Madison with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the Bonneville was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The names of those involved are not being released pending family notification.
The sheriff’s office said the Malibu was westbound approaching a large curve when it entered the north shoulder of the curve. The driver corrected, and the car rotated counterclockwise and traveled sideways into the eastbound lane, where its front passenger side collided with the eastbound Bonneville. The Malibu overturned and came to rest on its passenger side. The Bonneville entered the south ditch.
The driver of the Malibu was not wearing his seatbelt, and speed is believed to be a contributing factor, the sheriff’s office reported.
The curved portion of Highway 59 was closed for about five hours while the Rock County Accident Reconstruction Team worked. Traffic was able to use the small frontage road to Highway 104.