Three Hospitalized After Rock Co. Head-On Crash

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

ROCK COUNTY (WIFR) -- Three people are hospitalized after a head-on crash near Janesville.

According to the Rock County Sheriff's Office, Rock County deputies and Janesville Fire/EMS responded to the accident before 11 a.m. Thursday on the Four-Mile Bridge, at 2800 W. Highway 14, which spans the Rock River.

Investigation reveals 72-year-old Leslie Turkleson was driving in the eastbound lane of Highway 14 approaching the bridge with 38-year-old Chad Howlett following behind in a vehicle. 54-year-old Cathy Venema was in the westbound lane approaching the bridge. When driving over the bridge, Turkleson lost control on the icy road, crossing the centerline and striking Venema head-on.

Venema's vehicle was pushed up onto the bridge-barrier. Howlett only sustained minor damage, navigating past the accident.
The vehicles blocked both lanes of traffic. Venema and Turkleson were extricated from their vehicles. 20-year-old Shea Lahr was a passenger in Venema's vehicle and was also extricated. All three were taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville. Venema was listed in serious condition. Turkleson and Lahr are in stable condition.

No citations were issued. The bridge was closed for about an hour and 40 minutes. The State Traffic Operations Center has been called in to inspect the viability of the bridge side-barrier.

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