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Monroe County accident leaves tractor driver critically injured

Kaitlyn Riley

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A man hauling a load of corn silage was flown to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries after being rear-ended by a dump truck in Monroe County Monday night.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting the accident on Cty. Hwy. B near Dayton Ave. at 7:15 p.m. Michael Cannon was driving a 2000 Red Peterbilt dump truck northbound on Cty. Hwy B. Cannon’s dump truck crashed into the rear of a Blue New Holland tractor hauling a load of corn silage on a wooden wagon driven by Bryan Olsen. Olsen was flown to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the dump truck was not hurt.

County Highway B was closed for approximately 5 hours while the crash investigation was completed. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Wisconsin State Patrol are still investigating what happened.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Monroe County 911 Communications Center, Wisconsin State Patrol, Sparta Area Ambulance Service, Cataract First Responders, Monroe County Highway Department, and Gundersen Air.

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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