MONTELLO (WKOW) -- Marquette County authorities say bad weather conditions led to the county's first fatal vehicle accident of the year.
Authorities say the crash happened on I-39 just north of the Highway 23 Endeavor exit. The 911 center received the all around 12:45 Tuesday afternoon.
Investigators say 78-year-old Robert D. Schallow, of Waupaca, lost control on the slushy, slippery roadway. They say Mr. Schallow went into a ditch, vaulted through a fence and hit a large pile of logs that were stored on private property.
Schallow was wearing his seat belt and his airbags deployed inside of the vehicle. He later died at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage.
Schallow's passenger is being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Divine Savior.
Authorities say the Marquette Sheriff's Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to 13 accidents and slide-offs during a short span of stormy weather Tuesday. They say fire departments from Briggsville, Endeavor and Oxford assisted in traffic control and security at the crash scenes.