Third fatality in single day: 23-year-old Menomonee Falls man killed in crash in Town of Hartford

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A 23-year-old Menomonee Falls man was killed in a crash in the Town of Hartford on Thursday, March 24 -- the second fatal crash in this area on this date.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on County Highway K, south of Hall Road in the Town of Hartford.

The crash involved two vehicles.

Upon the arrival of deputies, it was determined that one driver, a 23-year-old Menomonee Falls man was deceased.

The other driver, a 71-year-old Hartford woman suffered a minor injury.

The Menomonee Falls man was the sole occupant of his vehicle. An investigation determined he was headed southbound on County Highway K -- leaving the City of Hartford. While negotiating a curve in the roadway south of Hall Road, the operator lost control of the vehicle, crossing the center line, sliding sideways into the northbound lane of travel.

There, the man's vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a northbound vehicle in a ‘T’ bone manner resulting in the man's death.

The northbound operator and sole occupant suffered minor injury and was treated and released from the hospital.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction Unit is assisting with the investigation.

Weather and snowy road conditions appear to be contributing factors in the crash.

County Highway K was closed to traffic for approximately 2 ½ hours.

This was Washington County’s third traffic fatality Thursday and sixth traffic fatality in 2016.

Hours before this crash, a 24-year-old Oshkosh woman and her 15-year-old sister were killed in a crash on I-41, just north of County Highway K in the Town of Hartford.

The crash happened around 11:15 a.m.

Washington County Sheriff’s officials say a southbound semi tractor-trailer and a northbound passenger van that crossed over the median began entangled — entering the west ditch of the highway.

Investigators believe the van was traveling too fast for road conditions.

The 61-year-old operator of the semi, from Ontario Canada, was not hurt, however, he was taken to the hospital as a precaution.