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Three teens found nearly 10 hours after Vernon County car accident



A motorist called the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office around 10:11 a.m. Sunday to report a vehicle over an embankment on Hwy 56 east of Viroqua in the town of Liberty.

Caden Roth, 17 of Viroqua, JJ Hertel, 17 of Westby, and Milton Gill, 15 of Westby, were all at the scene of an accident that law enforcement believe happened just after midnight. Roth was driving eastbound when he lost control, went over the embankment and hit a tree.

The sheriff’s office said all three were disoriented and stayed in or around the vehicle before being found. All three were taken to Vernon Memorial Hospital to be treated for cold exposure. They were wearing seatbelts at the time of 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 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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