ROCK COUNTY (WIFR) – Just before 5:30 a.m. on February 13, 2013, Deputies from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office along with, Green County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Evansville Police, Evansville Fire and EMS and Brooklyn Fire, were dispatched to a two-vehicle traffic accident on W STH 59 less than a mile east of N STH 104.
When units arrived, they found a 1998 Pontiac Bonneville in the south ditch, about 15 feet off the roadway, with heavy front-end damage and a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu on its passenger side in the middle of the roadway. Both the man driving the Malibu and his passenger were trapped inside the car and the man driving the Bonneville was also trapped inside his vehicle. Emergency crews began extricating all three men and found the driver of the Malibu was unresponsive.
Med-Flight doctors requested by emergency crews pronounced the driver of the Malibu dead at the scene and the passenger of the Malibu was transported to UW-Hospital by Med-Flight with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Bonneville was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Initial investigation of the scene shows the Malibu was traveling westbound on W STH 59 approaching a large sweeping curve in the road near N STH 104 when it entered the north shoulder of the curve. After traveling on the shoulder the driver corrected and the vehicle began to rotate counterclockwise. The vehicle continued rotating and began to travel sideways into the eastbound lane of traffic. The Bonneville was traveling eastbound and collided with the front passenger side of the Malibu. This caused the Malibu to overturn and come to rest on its passenger side and the Bonneville to enter the south ditch.
The driver of the Malibu was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and speed is believed to be a contributing factor in this accident.
The names of those involved have not been released.