DEFOREST, Wis. — A crash involving three vehicles ended in the death of four people on I-39 Southbound Thursday night, according to authorities.
The Wisconsin State Patrol says a Honda van passed a car on the shoulder near the STH 60 exit just after 10 p.m. Thursday.
The van attempted to assist the car but pulled over into oncoming traffic, resulting in it being hit by two semi trucks.
All four people in the van were killed.
Both semi drivers had no injuries.
I-39 was closed for three hours overnight because of the investigation but opened at 3 a.m. on Friday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has says the driver was a 36-year-old woman from Lyndon Station. One passenger was an 18-year-old also from Lyndon Station. A second passenger was a 39-year-old man from the Wisconsin Dells.
Their names have not been released.
The DeForest Fire Department, EMS, and Police Department assisted in the crash investigation. The Dane County Sheriff’s office, Dane County Medical Examiner, Columbia County Sheriff’s office, and Columbia County Highway Department also provided support.
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4 dead from Thursday night I-39 crash