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Onalaska man found dead after van crash in industrial park

Brad Williams

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A 36-year-old Onalaska man has died after his van crashed on Wednesday in the north La Crosse industrial park.

Benjamin Ahlstrom’s body was found face down in the snow, near the accident scene on Hauser Street.

Police were called to the area just after 7 a.m. Wednesday, and found a wrecked van which apparently had hit a gate at a business.

Ahlstrom was found about 25 feet from the vehicle.

Police believe he was driving the van when it crashed.

Investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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