On May 30, at 11:59 a.m. the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an injury traffic crash involving a semi tractor trailer unit and a passenger car. Information at the scene was that a northbound passenger car driven by John L. Radke, 71, of Whitehall, Wis., crossed the center line and struck the trailer of a southbound semi driven by Jerome J. Hills, 65, of Wahpeton, N.D. John L. Radke was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Radke vehicle, Jeffrey J. Radke, 41, of Whitehall, was extricated from the car and transported by Mayo helicopter to an Eau Claire hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of the semi tractor trailer unit was not injured.
Assisting at the scene were the Ettrick Fire and First Responders, the Blair Police and Fire Departments, Galesville Police, and the Wisconsin State Patrol. The accident is under investigation.