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Viroqua Police officer hurt in an accident with a semi-truck

Kaitlyn Riley

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Photo Courtesy: Viroqua Police Department

An on-duty police officer had to be extricated from his vehicle after being hit by a semi-truck trailer in Viroqua Friday morning.

The accident happened on Main Street at Willow Street near the Bus Garage. The officer was driving south on Main Street when a semi-truck and trailer heading north started to jackknife. Police said the driver, Scott Kunda of Winona, was driving too fast for conditions, and the trailer started to slide when going around a corner.

The trailer hit the squad car. The officer was extricated and taken to Vernon Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The semi-truck had moderate damage, but the squad was totaled.

The accident was investigated by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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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