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Car stolen overnight, crash kills one person near La Crosse

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - La Crosse area police said they were chasing a stolen car overnight when it crashed, killing one person.

It started just after 1 a.m., when a police officer in downtown La Crosse tried pulling over a car that was reported stolen.

A chase went north on Highway 35 into Holmen. Officials said the car struck the rear of another vehicle, and then overturned near a freeway interchange at Highway 53.

WKBT-TV in La Crosse said the person killed was not from that area -- and one of the two injured crash victims had life-threatening injuries. Holmen Police Chief Michael McHugh told the TV station that the stolen vehicle went up an off-road slope and rolled over, then slid down.

La Crosse and Holmen police are both investigating, and the State Patrol was asked to reconstruct the crash scene.

Both lanes of Highway 35 were re-opened around 6:30, in time for the morning work traffic.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)