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Man and dog involved in fatal Vernon County accident

Kaitlyn Riley



Vernon County marked its first traffic fatality in 2020 Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office was called to a one-vehicle accident on State Hwy. 56 near County Road SS in the Town of Liberty around 3:17 p.m. Sunday afternoon. A vehicle and its trailer rolled, ejecting 46-year-old Dustin McCartney of Richland Center who was not wearing a seat belt. McCartney was pronounced dead at the scene.

McCartney was also traveling with a dog. The dog was taken to the Vernon County Humane Society for possible injuries.

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office said heavy rain could have been a factor in the accident.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in both radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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