Update - The driver of the semi was Robert William Wiemerslage; his passenger, Mary Agnes Wiemerslage. The driver of the Ford truck was Raul Alexis Rivera Negron.
On November 6th 2017, at approx. 8:58 a.m. The Crawford County Dispatch was notified of a two-vehicle head on accident on US Hwy 18 between Prairie du Chien and the State of Iowa. Officers responded and found a 2005 Kenworth Owned and Operated by a 63-year-old Spring Grove Minnesota man had struck a 2009 Ford F150 operated by a 49-year-old Cedar Rapids Iowa man.
According to eyewitnesses and a passenger in the Semi, the driver of the Kenworth Semi pulling an empty grain hauling trailer was headed west on Us Hwy 18 towards Iowa. The driver was talking to his passenger a 65-year-old female and who was also the wife of the driver when without warning he slumped over onto the lap of the passenger. The semi crossed over into the East bound land and struck the 2009 Ford truck head on. After striking the truck the Semi pushed the Ford Truck backwards approximately 300 feet before coming to a stop with both vehicles in the East bound lane.
The operator of the Ford Truck had to be removed from his vehicle utilizing the jaws of life. The 63-year-old driver of the Semi was transported to Crossing Rivers Health Care where he was pronounced dead. The passenger in the Semi was transported to Crossing Rivers Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford Truck was transported to Crossing Rivers Hospital and later Med Flighted to La Crosse with several broken bones and possible internal injuries. Both vehicles sustained severe damage.
US Hwy 18 was closed to traffic for approximately and hour. Assisting at the scene were the Prairie du Chien Police Department, Crawford County Highway Department, Rural Bridgeport Fire and First responders, Clayton County Iowa Sheriff’s Department, MarMac Police Dept. Wisconsin State Patrol, Tri State EMS, MarMac Rescue Squad, and Bob’s Towing.