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UPDATE: Police ID woman killed in crash

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - Wausau police on Tuesday identified the driver killed in a three-vehicle crash on a busy street on Wausau's west side.

Lt. Ben Bliven said Frances M. Wilk of Wausau died when the car she was in was crushed between a cargo truck and a sports utility vehicle as she waited for a red light to switch.

Eyewitnesses have estimated that the driver of the SUV, a 51-year-old Wausau man, was going 40 mph to 50 mph when he slammed into the back of Wilk's car, pushing it beneath the truck, Bliven said. Investigators are trying to reconstruct the scene, he said.

The crash happened about 11 a.m. Monday at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Stewart Avenue.

Why the SUV driver was going at a high rate of speed on a street with a 25 mph speed limit remains under investigation, Bliven said Tuesday.

Investigators did not detect any odor of alcohol on the driver, who was not seriously hurt in the crash, Bliven said.

No citations have been issued in the crash, he said.

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Wausau police say an 85-year-old woman died Monday when her car waited for a red light to change and was plowed into from behind by a sports utility vehicle traveling at a "high rate of speed."

The crash forced the the Wausau woman's car into the rear of a cargo truck that was stopped ahead of her at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Stewart Avenue., Capt. Ben Bliven said in a statement.

The driver of the SUV was a 52-year-old man who may have had a medical condition, police said. Investigators were trying to determine how fast the man was driving at the time of the crash.

The name of the woman killed was not immediately released.

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An 85-year old woman has died Monday following a three-vehicle crash at a busy intersection on Wausau's west side, according to Lt. Mark Pankow of the Wausau Police department.

Police originally reported the woman was 87 years old, but they now say she was 85.

Lt. Pankow said it appears her car was rear-ended by a sports utility vehicle and the crash pushed the car under the cargo truck.

Authorities say a 52-year old man was driving that sports utility vehicle.

The crash happened about 11 a.m. at the intersection of Stewart Avenue and 17th Avenue.

Authorities say they are looking into whether a medical condition may have caused the crash. The 52-year old man was taken to a nearby hospital. His condition is not known.

The southbound lanes of 17th Avenue are expected to be closed for several hours as the crash scene was being reconstructed, authorities said.

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WAUSAU (WAOW) – A three-vehicle crash at a busy intersection in Wausau on Monday had traffic snarled and detoured.

The crash, involving two cars and a cargo truck, happened about 11 a.m. at the intersection of Stewart Avenue and 17th Avenue.

An ambulance was on the scene. No other details were immediately available.

Stay tuned to Newsline 9 as more details develop.

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