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Wausau area woman died in crash, too soon to determine charges

Ford Explorer and Ford Taurus loaded on tow trucks after crash at 17th Ave. and Stewart Ave. in Wausau 6/24/13
This was a Ford Taurus.  The 85-year-old driver died from the injuries after being struck in the rear and shoved into a truck in front of her.
Girl watches as accident reconstruction teams work.
Ford Explorer and Ford Taurus loaded on tow trucks after crash at 17th Ave. and Stewart Ave. in Wausau 6/24/13

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) --  One person is dead after a three vehicle crash in Wausau Monday. The crash happened at about 11:00 a.m. Captain Ben Bliven of the Wausau Police Department says it involved vehicles that were all southbound on 17th, with two waiting in line at the Stewart Avenue stoplights. “We had a larger truck that was stopped at the light, and a car that was stopped behind it, then an S-U-V that struck the car and pushed it into the larger truck.”

Captain Bliven was still on scene with accident reconstruction teams about four hours after the crash. He says speed was a factor, but they have a long way to go. “The S-U-V was certainly traveling at a high rate of speed. I don’t know why at this point. We’re still working on that, doing some interviews and trying to figure that out right now.”

Police Chief Jeffrey Hardel says the 85-year-old woman that died from her injuries was from the Wausau area, and they expect to release her name Tuesday.

Hardel is waiting before deciding what, if any, charges need to be filed against the S-U-V driver. “We want to make sure that we complete the investigation, which does include a crash reconstruction team at the site completing all of the measurements, and videos, and photos.”

The S-U-V driver was treated at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, but Hardel says he may have been released. The driver of the truck at the front of the line was not hurt.