Crash shuts down Hwy. 14 near Black Earth - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

UPDATE: Cause determined in Hwy. 14 accident near Black Earth

MADISON (WKOW) -- After reconstructing Thursday afternoon's accident on USH14 near Black Earth, Dane County Sheriff's detectives believe they now know what happened.

According to the reconstruction, Patricia Bode of Mazomanie was stopped in the eastbound lane of USH 14 because someone in front of her was making a left turn. Bode's Toyota Corolla was rear-ended by a Plymouth Voyager driven by a 16-year-old female from Black Earth.

The Toyota and Plymouth were then shoved into westbound traffic where they first hit Linda Sponem 's Buick Regal. Next, the cars collided with Thankful Sanftleben's Saturn.

Bodem's 11 year-old daughter was a passenger in the Toyota, Sponem's 16 and 17 year-old daughters were passengers in her Buick. All seven people involved in the crash were injured. Bodem's 11 year-old daughter was ejected from the Toyota and suffered the most serious injuries. Her injuries are potentially life-threatening.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Six people were hospitalized after a four-vehicle crash in Black Earth.

This happened around 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Highway 14 about a half-mile south of Wisconsin Heights High School.

The Dane County Sheriff's Department says all of the six people hurt are still alive as of Thursday night. An 11-year-old girl in one of the vehicles was thrown. She was taken to UW Hospital with serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. Investigators say she was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of another vehicle also sustained serious injuries.

Investigators are still piecing together what happened.

The crash scene was cleared around 8 p.m.

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