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UPDATE: Names released in deadly Wood Co. buggy crash

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UPDATE: A 20-year-old Arpin woman died after a crash involving a horse-drawn carriage and an SUV in Wood County Monday night.

Rebecca M. Helmuth died at the scene after the buggy she was in collided with an SUV in the Town of Hansen just before 7 p.m.

The carriage was traveling southbound on Oak Road when it began to cross state highway 73. The 43-year-old SUV driver, Audrey L. Hanson of Granton, was traveling westbound on state highway 73 when her vehicle struck the carriage.

Both the 17-year-old carriage operator and Helmuth were ejected from the carriage. 

The 17-year-old carriage operator was airlifted by Spirit Air to St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Hanson was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

The crash remains under investigation.

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UPDATE: A crash involving a horse-drawn carriage and an SUV closed a Wood County highway for more than three hours Monday night.

The carriage was traveling southbound on Oak Road in the Town of Hansen when it began to cross state highway 73. The SUV driver was traveling westbound on state highway 73 when it struck the carriage. Both the driver and passenger in the carriage were ejected. 

The driver of the carriage was airlifted by Spirit Air to St. Joseph's hospital in Marshfield. Her condition is unknown at this time. Her passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the SUV was transported to St. Joseph's hospital in Marshfield with non-life threatening injuries. 

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. 

The crash remains under investigation.

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A crash closed a Wood County highway for more than three hours Monday night.

The crash involving a motorized vehicle and a horse-drawn buggy happened near the intersection of HWY 73 and Oak Road in Vesper just after 7 p.m. Monday.  

The Wood County Sheriff's Department confirmed one of the two occupants of the buggy was pronounced dead at the scene; that occupant was airlifted to a nearby hospital. The condition of the other buggy occupant and the driver of the motorized vehicle remain unconfirmed.

The crash blocked all lanes of traffic for several hours. Lanes were back open at about 10:50 p.m.

Wood County Sheriff's Department said the investigation is ongoing.

Stay with Newsline 9 for updates.

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