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Distracted driving may have led to deadly crash in Buffalo County

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A driver looking at a cell phone may have caused a fatal accident in Buffalo County this week. 

Investigators say a woman apparently looked away from the road at her phone and rear-ended another vehicle which had slowed down to make a left turn off Highway 35 at Fountain City on Wednesday afternoon. 

That vehicle was pushed into the opposite lane of 35, and was struck by a third vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle that was hit is identified as Errol Doerr of Fountain City. 

Doerr was declared dead on arrival at a Rochester hospital, and a passenger was being treated.  People in the other two vehicles also received treatment for injuries following the crash.

Sheriff’s officers and the state patrol are still investigating.

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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