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UPDATE: Van that crashed in Menomonie stolen, driver underage


Dunn County (WQOW) - Investigators release more information about a serious crash in Menomonie including a correction.

The Dunn County sheriff now says it was a 14-year-old boy who was driving the van that crashed Monday night. At first, investigators believed he was 13, but he had just turned 14 and he was the youngest person in the van. Not only that, the sheriff says the van had been stolen.

That crash happened Monday night on Highway 25 south of Menomonie. Witnesses say the van was swerving all over the road before it crossed the center line and hit an SUV.

There were five people in the van, all from Durand. Three passengers in the back were sitting on the floor because the rear seats had been taken out in place of a kitchen stove. The sheriff says those three passengers were seriously hurt in the crash, probably because they were hit by the stove. The sheriff doesn't believe those injuries are life threatening.  

The driver of the SUV should be ok.


Dunn County (WQOW)- Six people were hurt in a crash last night that involved a 13-year-old driver.

It happened Monday night on Highway 25, south of Menomonie.  The Dunn County Sheriff says a van driven by a 13-year-old crossed the center line and hit an oncoming SUV. 

The sheriff says there were five people in the van, all from Durand with ages ranging from 13 to 25.  No one in the van had a drivers license.  At least one person was airlifted to a hospital. 

"It appears that they had left the trailer court about a quarter mile up the road and was driving at a high rate of speed and driving recklessly," says Sheriff Dennis Smith, Dunn County Sheriff's office. "They had a kitchen stove inside the van and only the front two seats were in it so the other ones were sitting on the floor. And the kitchen stove that was in there bounced all over the place and did some major damage."

The driver of the SUV, Cora Frank from Menomonie, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the hospital and released.

The names of the people in the van have not been released. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, it is unclear whether drugs or alcohol were involved. 


Menomonie (Press Release) - On Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 at 6:38 p.m. the Dunn County 911 Center received a call of a two vehicle crash on State Highway 25 just south of Menomonie.

The caller reported that a southbound van had crossed the center line and struck a northbound vehicle head-on. Dunn County Sheriff's deputies, Menomonie Fire & Rescue Department and Menomonie Police Department officers were sent to the scene.

Officers arrived at the scene and established a detour to protect the scene. They found there were two vehicles involved in the crash. A 2002 Chrysler van was southbound on State Highway 25 and crossed into the path of a northbound 2011 Chevy Traverse.

The van was occupied by five individuals and ended up in the east ditch. The passengers of the van were all injured and ended up being transported to Mayo in Menomonie Fire Department. At least one occupant of that vehicle was transported by helicopter to Eau Claire.

It is believed that the van was being operated by a 13-year-old male whose name will not be released at this time.

The Chevy ended up on the east edge of the northbound lane. The driver/lone passenger of the Chevy was transported to Mayo in Menomonie by private vehicle. She was treated and released. That driver was Cora Frank of Menomonie and her injuries were non-life threatening.

The Wisconsin State Patrol was called for assistance to document the crash scene and will work with investigating officers from the Dunn County Sheriff's Office.

When the reports are complete, they will consult with the Dunn County District Attorney's Office regarding appropriate charges.



Menomonie (WQOW) - Six people were taken to the hospital on Monday night because of a crash on Highway 25.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. just south of Menomonie.  A van and SUV collided.  Rescue crews say it was close to being a head-on collision.  There were five people in one vehicle.  One person was flown to the hospital while the other four were taken by ambulance.  There was one person in the second vehicle and they were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

There's no word on the severity of the injuries.  Highway 25 has since reopened.


Menomonie (WQOW) - Multiple ambulances and medical helicopters were called in after a crash south of Menomonie on Monday night.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. on Highway 25.  WQOW News 18 was told it appears that a car and SUV collided.  There's no word on how many people were injured.  Highway 25 has been closed in both directions at County D.

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