One person has died in a head-on collision involving two vehicles in Shawano County. Local police investigators are not yet sure what caused the fatal car accident, but continue to investigate the incident.
According to a statement from the Shawano County Sheriff's Department, the two-car accident took place in the mid-afternoon hours near the town of Belle Plaine, which is about 40 miles west of Green Bay. A driver who was traveling southbound on Wisconsin 22 suddenly and inexplicably drove his car across the center line and directly into the path of a minivan that was traveling northbound on the road.
The vehicles collided at high speeds. The driver of the southbound vehicle, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the northbound vehicle, a 52-year-old Wisconsin woman, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The severity of her injuries and her current condition are not known.
Police are not yet sure why the driver of the southbound vehicle drove into oncoming traffic, but they are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident. They have not released the identity of the deceased driver, pending notification of his family.
This accident is just one example of the instantaneous, life-changing effects that a car crash can have on anyone who is even remotely involved. With the death of the man who, at this point, appears to have caused the accident, and the injuries of another person, the victims or their families may file any of a number of personal injury claims seeking damages for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, loss of consortium, or many others.
Source: Green Bay Press Gazette, "Head-on crash leaves 1 dead in Shawano County," Hannah O'Brien, Feb. 24, 2012