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November 19, 2017

11/13/2017 10:16:00 AM
Mineral Point Fire and EMS respond to two fatalities in Lafayette County

Two motor vehicle crashes this past week in Lafayette County have resulted in two fatalities, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office.
On Tuesday, October 31 at 11:02 a.m., the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of a head-on collision between a semi-truck/trailer and pick-up truck in the 18000 block of Tibbits Road, Willow Springs Township. Intial reports stated the driver of the pick-up truck was entrapped in the vehicle, and there were multiple injured persons.
Sheriff's deputies, Mineral Point Fire, Mineral Point EMS and Belmont EMS were dispatched to the scene.
Austin T. Shellhause, 25, Lanark, IL, was travelling eastbound on Tibbits Road when his pick-up crossed the center of the roadway into the westbound lane at the crest of a small hill. Shellhause's vehicle travelled into the path of a westbound semi truck and grain trailer, driven by Steven H. Jones, 64, Rewey.
Jones attempted to avoid striking the pick-up but was unable to do so. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage from the crash and were towed from the scene.
Shellhause was airlifted from the scene by Med Flight to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison, where he later died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. A passenger in his vehicle, Kyle J. Mulcahy, 25, Darlington, was transported to Upland Hills Health Hospital with minor injuries.
Jones was also transported to Upland Hills Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Also assisting was the Wisconsin State Patrol and Iowa County Sheriff's Office. The crash remains under investigation.
The following day, Wednesday, November 1, at 3:35 p.m., the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office was notified of another motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of State Highway 23 and Shortcut Road, Willow Springs Township. It was reported that the driver of one of the vehicles was entrapped, and the other driver was also injured.
Responding to this motor vehicle crash were sheriff's deputies, Darlington Fire Department, Rural Medical Ambulance Service and Mineral Point Fire and Rescue.
Howard E. Detra, Jr., 69, South Wayne, was travelling northbound on State Highway 23 when his vehicle collided with another vehicle, driven by Jean A. Cleary, 83, Darlington, who was travelling eastbound on Shortcut Road.
After colliding, both vehicles entered the ditch on the northeast corner of the intersection, where Detra's vehicle overturned before coming to a rest on its top.
Darlington Fire was able to free Detra from his vehicle using the Jaws of Life. Emergency Helicopter Transport was requested, but was unable to fly due to weather conditions.
Both drivers were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, where Detra was pronounced deceased as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Cleary was treated for her injuries at the hospital and later released.
Also assisting at the scene were the Darlington Police Department, Lafayette County Highway Department, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin State Patrol Crash Reconstruction Team. The crash remains an open and ongoing investigation.
Five motor vehicle fatalities have been recorded in the Lafayette County since the beginning of 2017.
"It has been a bad two days," Lafayette County Sheriff Reg Gill said.

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