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Feed truck vs Amish buggy accident leaves man with critical injuries

Kaitlyn Riley



An 18-year-old Amish man was taken by ambulance to Gundersen Health Systems of La Crosse with life-threatening injuries from an accident Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened on State Hwy. 27, north of Traastad Road in the town of Franklin around 1:19 p.m. Sept. 10, according to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office.

James Mickelson, 57, of Cashton was driving a tandem axle feed truck north on Hwy. 27. Levi Stutzman, 18, was heading the same direction in a buggy. The Sheriff’s Office said a collision occurred, and Stutzman was ejected into the northbound ditch. He was transported to the hospital by Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance.

Mickelson was not hurt in the crash. The incident is under investigation.

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 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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