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Plane Lands on Highway – Pilot Escapes Injury

A 77-year-old pilot escapes injury after his experimental plane landed on a rural highway in southeast Wisconsin. The unidentified pilot from Jacksonville, Florida recently bought his Rans land and amphibious aircraft in Door County. Washington County sheriff’s deputies say he left an airport in Ephraim Tuesday morning and was planning to refuel in West Bend before the craft lost power due to a mechanical problem. He landed it on County Trunk “H” near West Bend in the town of Farmington — and it was towed to the West Bend airport for repairs.

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No Survivors in Door County Plane Crash

The chief sheriff’s deputy in Door County says there were “no survivors” when a small plane crashed late Sunday night. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty would not say how many people were in the plane after officers found the crash scene about 9:55 p-m in a wooded area north of a maintenance building at the golf course on Peninsula State Park between Fish Creek and Ephraim. McCarty said his deputies were told around 8:40 p-m that a plane was circling, and the caller reported hearing a crash. Numerous rescue agencies helped with the search, which lasted about one hour and 15 minutes.

 

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News Conference Scheduled on Fatal School Bus Crash

Police in the Fox Valley will hold a news conference this (Wednesday) morning on a school bus crash from last week that killed a seventh grade pedestrian. Kaukauna Police officials did not say what they’ll be discussing. Investigators say 12-year-old Justin Johnson was killed eight days ago when he was walking home from school, and was struck in an intersection by a bus that had just turned. The bus driver was put on leave, pending the end of an investigation. The mishap occurred close to River View Middle School, where Justin had just finished his first day of classes.

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Small Plane Crash Near Fond du Lac

The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash of a single-engine plane has left two people with injuries serious enough to require hospitalization.  The plane apparently hit some power lines Wednesday morning.  That’s the second small plane to crash in Wisconsin in two days.  There were no injuries in the Tuesday night crash in neighboring Winnebago County.  A road was closed while emergency responders and power crews were working at the crash site near an intersection in the Town of Fond du Lac.

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Testimony Begins in Triple Fatal Crash Trial

Testimony began today (Monday) in the trial of a northwest Wisconsin woman accused of texting right before a crash that killed three of her young relatives. Thirty-five-year-old Kari Jo Milberg of Centuria faces three felony counts of homicide by negligent driving, and one misdemeanor count of injury by reckless driving. Pierce County prosecutors say Milberg was sending and receiving chat messages just before her S-U-V collided with a truck on Highway 35 near Prescott in December of 2013. Investigators found Milberg’s cellphone soon after the snow melted. Milberg’s attorney has suggested the defendant’s daughter may have been the one using the phone. Milberg’s eleven-year-old daughter Lydia was killed, along with her five-year-old nieces Clara Pavek and Laynie Jo Amos. The trial is expected to last all week.

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Man & Child Killed in Fond du Lac Crash

The State Patrol continues to investigate a three vehicle freeway crash that killed an eight-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man in Fond du Lac. Troopers say the two were passengers in a car that was stopped behind a semi truck — and the car was rear ended by an S-U-V, thus causing a chain reaction crash involving all three units. It happened late Wednesday morning on Interstate 41 in Fond du Lac. The S-U-V overturned, and a 35-year-old Eldorado man who was a passenger in that S-U-V was flown to a hospital with life threatening injuries. Drivers of the car and the S-U-V were treated for non life threatening injuries.

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Helicopter Crash in Maple Grove

The Manitowoc County Joint Dispatch Center received a call at 10:02 AM of a helicopter crash in the Town of Maple Grove in Manitowoc County. Initial reports indicate that the incident occurred at 19420 Marquette Road and that the pilot was the lone occupant at the time of the crash.

The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office Personnel are on scene along with other emergency personnel at this time. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

UPDATE:

The crash is located in a remote and swampy area at 19420 Marquette Road.  The helicopter & pilot had been assisting construction crews with the installation of transmission lines.

Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Reedsville Fire Department and First Responders, Collins Fire Department, Kellnersville Fire Department, Wayside Fire Department and the Valders Ambulance.  Manitowoc County Coroner Curt Green is currently on scene assisting.

The FAA and NTSB are currently responding to the scene.

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School Guidance Counselor Killed in Crash

Fond du Lac High School is mourning the death of a guidance counselor in an apparent weather-related traffic crash. Thirty-five year old Matt Heinen (hy’-nen) of Cedar Grove died at the scene of yesterday (Thursday) morning’s collision on Highway 23 east of Fond du Lac. Sheriff’s deputies say Heinen’s car was going west when it slid out of control and collided with an S-U-V. That driver, a 37-year-old Mount Calvary man, was taken to a Fond du Lac hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officials say road conditions were slippery due to falling snow, and visibility was low because it was foggy.

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Manitowoc School Bus Crash Names Identified

The drivers from Monday’s Manitowoc County school bus crash have been released.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the bus driver as Edward Morrow, 70, Manitowoc. Investigators said Morrow suffered serious head and back injuries in the crash.

The truck driver is identified as Michael J. Mastalir, 38, Kewaunee. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Six Monroe Elementary students suffered minor injuries and most were able to return to class.

No citations have been issued at this time, but the crash remains under investigation. The Wisconsin State Patrol is working on a reconstruction report.

 

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