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Overnight freezing rain causes accidents, slideoffs, one fatality

Courtesy: Dodge County Sheriff's Department Courtesy: Dodge County Sheriff's Department

MADISON (WKOW) -- Freezing rain turned area highways in skating rinks Saturday evening.  Among the many incidents reported, six people were injured, and a 7-year-old boy was killed, when an SUV rolled on Highway 151 near County Highway S in Dodge County.

According to a Dodge County news release, the SUV was traveling north on 151 around 8:32 p.m. when it spun out of control on the icy road, rolled through the median, and came to rest in the southbound lanes where another car struck it.  The boy was ejected and transported to Beaver Dam Hospital where the Dodge County medical examiner declared him deceased.

All other people involved in the crash were said to have non-life threatening injuries.  The release went on to say driving too fast for conditions, and not using safety restraints, were believed to be factors in the crash.

In Rock County, deputies closed a portion of southbound Highway 26 between Janesville and Milton for nearly two hours Saturday night after two cars were involved in an accident around 8:30 p.m.  The driver of one car, Dani J. Briggs, was arrested on suspicion of Causing Great Bodily Harm by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle. 

According to a Rock County news release: "Briggs' wife, Barbara L. Briggs, age 53, also from Palmyra, WI, was a passenger in Briggs' vehicle and had to be extricated. She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital and is listed in critical condition."

Deputies reported that in trying to avoid the first collision scene, five other cars were involved in two other crashes.  The vehicles suffered moderate damage.  One minor injury was reported. 

Around the same time, three other vehicles going southbound on Highway 26 avoided crashing, but slid off the road.  Those vehicles were not involved with injuries or damage.

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