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Serious Injury Traffic Crash Near Columbus

A 20-year-old rural Randolph man was seriously injured, and his 21-year-old male passenger from Randolph received non-life threatening injuries, in a single-vehicle traffic crash on State Highways 16/60, just east of Columbus on Monday April 1.

It happened around 3 p.m. when Dodge County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers received 911 calls reporting the crash, which was just under a mile east of Columbus in the township of Elba. The early investigation shows a pickup was eastbound on State Highways 16/60, and failed to negotiate a left-hand curve, overcorrected and lost control before overturning. The driver was transported by ambulance to a level 1 trauma center with serious injuries. The passenger was taken to a local hospital with injuries believed to not be serious.

The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. Agencies responding to and assisting at the scene included the Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire Department, Lifestar EMS, Beaver Dam Paramedics, DCERT (Dodge County Emergency Response Team), and the sheriff’s office chaplain. The highway was closed for just under two hours to keep the scene safe for those working and investigating the scene.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt