Fatal Crash
Posted on 03/25/2022
Date: March 25th, 2022
Case: Fatal Crash – 2022-9539
Authority: Lieutenant Ryan Herman

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a single vehicle, fatal crash that occurred on I-41 in the Town of Addison. On today’s date, at approximately 7:55AM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center began taking calls of a white van off the roadway and against a tree. As deputies responded to the area of I-41 southbound, north of Hwy DW, callers provided additional updates of injuries.

Upon deputies’ arrival, a white van was confirmed to have exited I-41 coming to rest against a large tree. The van’s passenger had extricated himself and was able to walk and talk with law enforcement. Immediate lifesaving efforts were attempted on the trapped operator of the van; however, it was quickly determined the operator was deceased. Initial investigation shows the involved vehicle to have first entered the median at highway speeds, followed by an evasive right-hand turn of the steering wheel from the operator. This over steer placed the van into a sideways skid, causing the van to skid across both lanes of travel prior to leaving the roadway, then through the right of way fence and into a tree, approximately 100 feet off the paved portion of I-41.

Allenton Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and assisted with patient care and extrication efforts.

The crash continues to be investigated by the Sheriff’s Office. The forty-one year old operator’s name is not being released at this time.