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UPDATE: Driver in U-turn crash critically hurt


WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) – The driver of a vehicle that turned into the path of an oncoming car in attempting to make U-turn was in critical condition Thursday at a Marshfield hospital, authorities said.

The crash happened about 4 p.m. on state Highway 34 near Rudolph, the Wood County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputy Ryan Bannerman said a 28-year-old driver pulled off to the right of the highway as if to stop and then turned into the path of a vehicle driven by a 29-year-old man.

The driver of the car attempting to make a U-turn had a seven-year-old child as a passenger and the child was in a car seat, Bannerman said.

The driver was the most seriously hurt in the crash and he was the only one not wearing a seat belt, the deputy said.

Three people were injured after a two car crash in the Town of Rudolph, according to the Wood County Sheriff's Department.


Deputies say the crash happened on WIS 34 around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. They say both cars were traveling northbound when one car tried to make a U-turn. Officials say that's when the second car hit it in the driver's side.

Deputies say three people were taken from the scene by an ambulance. The driver of the first vehicle was airlifted to the hospital.

Officials have released three of the names involved: Garrett Heinrich, 28, of Wisconsin Rapids, James Walratch, 29, of Wisconsin Rapids, and Barbara Rios, 52, of Rudolph. They also say a 7-year-old child who has not been named. Officials have not specified their roles in the crash.

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