As readers of our blog know, Mother Nature has been incredibly generous with the amounts of snow she has dropped on areas across the state of Wisconsin, including here in our very own St. Croix County. Because of the tremendous amounts of frozen precipitation on the roadways, drivers have found travel to be more dangerous than usual.
But some have found the journey far more dangerous than others it would seem. This was the case for a 26-year-old Oxford, Wisconsin woman who became the victim of a fatal head-on collision this month after icy conditions caused her to lose control of her car.
According to police, the accident occurred just before noon on Wisconsin 82 just outside of the town of Jackson, north of Milwaukee. Because of icy roads, the 26-year-old woman lost control of her car and crossed the center line. She then slammed head on into a semi truck driven by a 40-year-old man.
Although the semi-truck driver was not reported as having suffered any injuries, because the 26-year-old was believed to have not been wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, she was ejected from the car. In accidents like this, wearing your seatbelt can often times mean the difference between life and death. It’s true that in a head-on collision with a semi truck a person’s survival is significantly less because of the size of the vehicle, but some medical experts would agree that wearing a seatbelt can increase your chances of survival by some.
The State Patrol, as well as local law enforcement, are continuing their investigation of the crash and will hopefully, in the weeks to come, have answers to the lingering questions about the cause of this horrific accident.
Source: Madison.com, “Icy road to blame for fatal crash in Adams County, police say,” Bill Novak, Feb. 11, 2013