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No injuries reported in Vilas County head-on crash along Highway 51Submitted: 08/15/2018
No injuries reported in Vilas County head-on crash along Highway 51
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

ARBOR VITAE - A head-on crash in Vilas County on Tuesday morning slowed traffic, but didn't lead to any major injuries.

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office reports a 16-year-old driving an SUV south on U.S. 51 near Highway M tried to pass a car around 7:45 a.m.  The SUV crashed into a pickup truck.


Medics took the 16-year-old and a 14-year-old passenger in the SUV to Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff to check for any injuries. The pickup driver, 25, was not taken to the hospital and no injuries were reported to deputies.

The Arbor Vitae Fire Department, Howard Young ambulances, Kumbiers Tow Services and the Vilas County Highway Department helped the VCSO at the scene.

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