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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office says the woman who died in Monday's crash in Verona is 53-year-old Catherine M. Hoelzel of Blanchardville.

Officials say Hoelzel died as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash.

Hoelzel was the only person in her car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.


TOWN OF VERONA (WKOW) – A 53-year-old woman died and six people were transported to area hospitals following a crash Monday morning along U.S. Highway 151 near County Highway PB.

The crash was reported about 8 a.m. Feb. 12, 2018, during the busy morning commute.

Witnesses say a large band of fog covered the highway where Badger Mill Creek goes under the roadway, obscuring the view. Poor visibility due to heavy patches of fog is believed to be a contributing factor, according to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office says 29 vehicles, including three semis were involved in the crash on the northbound lanes. The lanes were closed for five to six hours as crews cleaned up the scene.

In addition to the one fatality, five others were transported by ambulance to area hospitals and one more was transported by MedFlight.

Dane County Sheriff’s Office deputies along with officers from Verona, Fitchburg, and the Wisconsin State Patrol, along with multiple other agencies responded.

Uninjured occupants and motorists from the immediate crash scene were transported to the Verona Fire Department. Family members were asked to report to the Verona Fire Department to make contact with their loved ones.

Eastbound traffic was being re-routed at Exit 77 (Paoli St. / STH 69).

The sheriff's office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call their tip line at (608) 284-6900.


VERONA (WKOW) -- Multiple vehicles have been involved in a crash on U.S. Highway 151 and County Highway PB in Verona, according to Dane County Dispatch.

At least 20 cars are involved, according to scanner traffic. Twitter user @adamlbarr posted photos near the scene showing multiple vehicles in the ditch.

A bank of fog covers the road in the photos.

Highway PB intersects with Highway 151 on the south side of Verona.



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