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Fiery crash in Sparta leaves woman dead, man in hospital

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Investigators are looking into a weekend accident in Sparta, Wis.. where a car caught on fire, killing one person and injuring another.

Mary Slonka of rural Sparta died at the scene, after the Sunday morning crash. The other person in the car, Timothy Slonka, is listed in critical condition at Gundersen.

The two, who are both 67 years old, were removed from the car before it was engulfed in flames.

The crash occurred at Highway 16 and Aspen Boulevard, near the Sparta Walmart.

The car reportedly knocked out a fire hydrant on the street, as well.

Three people have now died in Monroe County crashes since the start of 2022.

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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