A multi-vehicle crash on the Interstate highway near killed four people late Thursday evening. The Wisconsin State Patrol released a statement Friday morning with the preliminary details of the accident. The State Patrol has not released the names of the drivers or passengers yet. According to the release, the victims are from the Lyndon Station and Wisconsin Dells area.
According to the release, at 10:13 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 06 a crash occurred on I-39 southbound at 124 milemarker in Dane County near DeForest.
Assisting agencies included De Forest Fire Department, De Forest EMS, De Forest Police Department, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Dane County Medical Examiner, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and Columbia County Highway Department.
The crash involved four fatalities. The Wisconsin State Patrol was notified of a three-vehicle crash on I-39/90/94 southbound at Mile Post 124. Preliminary information indicates a Honda Civic was disabled on the right shoulder and a van arrived to assist. The van pulled into traffic and was struck by two semi units. The crash resulted in the fatality of all four occupants in the van. There were no injuries to the drivers of the semi units.
Due to the crash investigation, I-39/90/94 southbound was closed at Highway 60 for approximately three hours. Assisting at the scene and with the Interstate closure was De Forest Fire, De Forest EMS, De Forest Police, Dane County Sheriff, Dane County Medical Examiner, Columbia County Sheriff, and Columbia County Highways.
On Monday, the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of the those who died in the crash. They include Ryan L Murch, age 39 of Wisconsin Dells, Shawn D Thurston, age 26, of Wisconsin Dells, Alexis D Hudson, age 36, of Lyndon Station and David R Celmer, age 18, of Lyndon Station/
All four individuals were pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. A forensic examination was completed on all of the individuals at the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office on Jan. 8. Preliminary results of the examinations confirm that all four individuals died from injuries sustained in the crash. Additional testing is underway at this time.
This death remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.
This story was updated on Jan. 10.