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UPDATE: Stevens Point driver killed in crash


Driver fatigue is suspected as the cause of a pickup truck crash near Plover that killed a 65-year-old driver, the Portage County Sheriff's Department said Thursday.

Leslie D. Kollauf of Stevens Point died in the crash late Wednesday afternoon when his northbound truck drifted off Interstate 39, hit an embankment, became airborne and hit a bridge girder I-beam, Sgt. Kevin Sorenson said.

"He just drifted off, like he fell asleep," Sorenson said.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the investigator said.
A car crash in Portage County has left one person dead, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say the crash happened at I-39 northbound near Plover Wednesday just before 5:30 p.m. Sheriff's officers say a pickup truck drifted off the right side of the road, and went into a ditch. The truck then became airborne and crashed into a bridge beam before falling onto its roof on the highway, officers said.

The 64-year-old male driver became trapped in the truck, officers said. He was later airlifted from the scene. He died from his injuries, officers said.

Sheriff's officials say they believe the crash happened because the driver was tired. His name has not been released.

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