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Onalaska man among 3 killed when car crashed into semi

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Three western Wisconsin men, including one from Onalaska, died in Black River Falls on Saturday when their car crashed into a semi that was crossing the highway. 

The accident happened around 1:30 in the morning on Highway 54 in Black River Falls.  The car hit a truck which was driving across the road from a parking lot to a Kwik Trip station. 

The victims are identified as 35-year-old Jorden Vidana of Onalaska, and two men from Black River Falls, 34-year-old Leonard Hopinka and 36-year-old Tyler Decorah. Hopinka was the driver.

None of the men was wearing a seat belt.

It was the first fatal traffic accident in Jackson County for 2022. Four people were killed by crashes in the county last year.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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