Three people were injured, one seriously, in a three-vehicle crash on Hwy. 8 near Ladysmith on Monday morning, according to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office.
On Monday Aug. 12, at 8:48 a.m., The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls reporting a 3 vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy. 8 and Schmidt Road in the Town of Grant, just west of the City of Ladysmith.
Initial investigation shows a Silver Toyota Camry operated by Carol Wangerin of Ladysmith was stopped on Hwy. 8 facing west, awaiting to turn south on Schmidt Road. Wangerin was struck from behind by a Maroon Chrysler Town and Country minivan, operated by Dena Pichelman of Barron. After striking Wangerin’s vehicle, Pichelman ended up in oncoming traffic where she was struck by an eastbound Black Ford F-150, driven by Jerry Gerber of Rice Lake.
Wangerin was extricated from her vehicle by the Ladysmith Fire Department and was then transported by Rusk County Ambulance to Marshfield Medical Center-Ladysmith. She was then airlifted to Marshfield. Her condition is unknown at this time. The other two drivers were treated and released.
Agencies involved in this accident were: Ladysmith Fire Department, Bruce Fire Department, Ladysmith Police Department, Jerrys Automotive, Rusk County Ambulance, LifeLink III and Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.
This incident remains under investigation by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office.