SHAWANO COUNTY (WAOW)-- Shawano County authorities say seven people were injured in a three car crash Sunday afternoon, including four children. The crash occurred just before 4:15 pm on highway 45 near Cedar road.
A Shawano County official says 38-year-old Paul Radtke of Appleton was traveling south on highway 45 when he attempted to pass a southbound pickup. Authorities say Radtke lost control, hit the pickup and then struck an SUV head-on. Radtke, a female passenger and a one-year-old child were all taken to the hospital. Four people including three children who were riding in the SUV were also injured and transported.
The crash closed highway 45 in both directions for around an hour. Crews from three different departments assisted at the scene. Ambulances from Birnamwood, Wittenberg, Mattoon and Antigo were also utilized.
The crash remains under investigation. Authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor.