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UPDATE: Turning truck triggered fatal crash


STRATFORD (WAOW) – The four-vehicle crash that killed a 57-year-old Stratford woman started when a pickup truck could not slow down in a line of cars as a truck turned into a private driveway, the Marathon County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.

The chain-reaction crash about 2.5 miles south of Stratford on state Highway 97 on Monday pushed a vehicle into the oncoming traffic lane, causing the collision that killed Deborah Polzin, Lt. Dale Wisnewski said.

Speed or inattentive driving were factors for most of the vehicles involved in the crash, he said.

Three vehicles, including a motorcycle, were able to stop for the turning truck, Wisnewski said.

The crash was the third in recent weeks within seven miles of each other on Highway 97.


A 57-year-old woman is dead after a crash on a Marathon County highway early Monday night.

Authorities say Deborah Polzin of Stratford was killed in the crash.

It happened just after 5:00 p.m. on Highway 97, between Stratford and Marshfield, and closed down the road for several hours.

According to officials with the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, two others were injured.

They were taken to Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Four vehicles were involved.

The crash is currently under investigation.

Stay with Newsline 9 for the latest information.


The Marathon County Sheriff's Department says a Marathon County highway has reopened after a multi-car crash.

Stratford fire officials say a crash on Highway 97 Monday night involved at least four vehicles.

A section of the highway between Stratford and Marshfield was closed for several hours.

Authorities say the crash happened in Marathon County around 5:20 p.m.

No further information has been released about what happened or if anyone was injured.

At one time, there were about 20 emergency responders at the scene.

Newsline 9 will continue to update this story.

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