ASHWAUBENON, WI – A woman died last Thursday afternoon after being involved in a truck accident on a Wisconsin highway. The collision happened on US Highway 41, south of Interstate 172 near Ashwaubenon in the Green Bay metropolitan region. The area is 115 miles north of Milwaukee, WI and 270 miles east of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.
Shortly after 4:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon, 50 year old Wayne Wilson, of Denmark, WI, was driving an International semi tractor trailer truck south on US Highway 41, just past the intersection of Interstate 172. The truck driver was signaling a move to the right shoulder of the highway, where he intended to stop and make a phone call.
As the semi truck was moving to the shoulder, a Dodge Stratus car driven by 44 year old Toni Miller, of Kimberly, WI was merging onto US 41 from eastbound I-172. As Ms. Miller merged onto the highway she hit the 18 wheeler driven by Wilson.
After hitting the tractor trailer truck, Ms. Miller’s car then skidded toward the highway median, across all southbound lanes of US 41. As the Miller car was sliding across the lanes, it was hit in the driver’s side by a southbound Dodge delivery truck driven by 68 year old Jerome Oryall of Green Bay, WI.
The impact of the second truck sent the Miller car into the median, and the Dodge truck driven by Mr. Oryall went through the median and rolled over in the northbound lanes of US 41. The delivery truck finally came to a rest tipped over on its passenger side, blocking both lanes of north US 41.
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Officers from the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and emergency personnel responded to the truck accident scene. Ms. Miller and her passenger, 47 year old Karen Poudrier-Quella of Appleton, WI were removed from the car. They were stabilized at the scene and then transported to a hospital in Green Bay.
Ms. Poudrier-Quella suffered fatal injuries in the truck accident and died shortly after arriving at the hospital. The car driver, Ms. Miller, was admitted to the hospital in critical condition.
Mr. Oryall, the driver of the delivery truck involved in the second collision, was treated for the injuries he received in the truck accident, which Brown County officials described as non life threatening. The driver of the semi tractor truck, Mr. Wilson, was not injured in the truck accident.
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The multiple collision stopped both north and south bound traffic on US 41 while crews cleared the wreckage of the delivery truck and the car. At times traffic was confined to one lane in each direction as truck accident investigators went over the area of the collision.
Brown County Sheriff officers returned to the truck accident scene on Friday morning to continue reconstruction of the double truck collision. No charges have been made at this time, and the investigation is expected to remain open for at least a few more days.
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