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UPDATE: Stevens Point women die in crash

PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) - The Wisconsin State Patrol says two elderly Stevens Point women died when the car they were in failed to yield the right of way at an intersection of U.S. Highway 10 near Stevens Point.

The crash that killed Adeline Zaidel, 92, and Rita Kozak, 85, occurred about 2 p.m. Sunday, the State Patrol said Monday.

Zaidel was driving a car northbound on County Road K and failed to yield to a westbound vehicle on Highway 10 driven by a 26-year-old Minneapolis woman , the State Patrol said in a statement. The Minneapolis woman was taken to a Stevens Point hospital with non-life threatening injuries, investigators said.
A sergeant with the Wisconsin State Patrol confirms to Newsline 9 that two women have died in a two-car crash in Portage County, that injured one other woman.  

Authorities say the crash happened on Highway 10 at County K Sunday afternoon just before 2 p.m. The right westbound lane was closed for several hours but has since been reopened.

Officials say a car crossing the eastbound lanes of Highway 10 was hit in the passenger side by an oncoming car. They say an 85-year-old Stevens Point woman was killed in the crash. Authorities say a 92-year-old Stevens Point woman was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, but has since died.

“Whenever you combine high speeds and fast decisions where people are crossing a roadway where it's 65 miles an hour, there seems to be crashes occasionally,” said Portage County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Kevin Sorensen.

Officials say a 26-year-old Minneapolis woman was driving the eastbound vehicle and was taken to St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point, with what's being considered non-life threatening injuries. They say at this time they only believe speed to be a factor in this crash.

No names are being released at this time.

Stay with Newsline 9 for the latest on this developing story.

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