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UPDATE: Driver injured in rollover crash identified


UPDATE: The Wisconsin State Patrol identified the driver as Leah K. Salwey, 20, of Eau Claire. She sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Eau Claire County (WQOW) - A 20-year-old woman was airlifted to the hospital after a rollover accident in Eau Claire County. Her name is not being released.

It happened around 7 p.m. Sunday off Nelson Road in the town of Brunswick. The State Patrol says a trooper clocked the driver going 78 in a 55 mph zone and attempted to pull her over. She kept speeding, and the trooper lost sight of her as he was trying to catch up.

When he found the vehicle, the woman had already crashed, and was ejected from the vehicle. She wasn't wearing her seatbelt.

The State Patrol says speed and alcohol are both believed to be factors in the crash.

She was airlifted to Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire. Crews shut down both ends of the road for about an hour and a half as they cleared the scene. 


Press Release from the Wisconsin State Patrol: On July 7th, 2013 at approximately 7:00pm, a Wisconsin State Trooper clocked the speed of a red Pontiac G-6 driven by a 20 year old female from Eau Claire, WI at 78mph in a 55mph zone on STH 37 near Hemlock Rd. in the Town of Brunswick, Eau Claire Co. The Trooper turned around to stop the vehicle for the speed violation and while attempting to catch up, observed the vehicle turn west on Nelson Rd. The vehicle then proceeded west on Nelson Rd. at a high rate of speed. The Trooper continued in an attempt to catch up to the vehicle with his lights and siren activated. The vehicle was continuing west on Nelson Rd at a high rate of speed and a considerable distance in front of the Trooper. Due to the distance the vehicle was in front of the Trooper, he periodically lost sight of the vehicle. The Trooper found the vehicle had rolled over and crashed on Nelson Rd west of CTH Z. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was airlifted to Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire with unknown injuries. Speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors in the crash. There were no other occupants in the vehicle. The Eau Claire County Sheriffs Dept. is handling the crash investigation. The name of the driver is being withheld

at this time.

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