Crash on US 41 leads to OWI arrest, 3 injured

HOWARD – A man was arrested Sunday for allegedly operating while intoxicated after a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 41 northbound.

It happened just before 12:30 p.m. south of Lineville Road in the Village of Howard.

Police say an SUV was traveling southbound in the northbound lane of U.S. 41 when it struck a Ford Fiesta car nearly head-on.

Police say the SUV was driven by a 47-year-old Green Bay area man. He was the only person in the SUV at the time of the crash. The car was driven by an 18-year-old woman. Passengers in the car included a 40-year-old man from Tennessee and an 11-year-old girl from the Green Bay area.

Due to the severity of the collision, Flight for Life was requested at the scene. The driver of the car was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Police say the two females were transported by ambulance to the hospital. The driver of the SUV was not injured.

Officials say all three occupants of the car are recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

U.S. 41 northbound remained closed for approximately 3½ hours due to the crash.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office crash reconstruction unit was called to the scene. Alcohol does appear to be a factor in the crash.

The driver of the SUV was arrested on three counts of causing injury by operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. The crash remains under investigation at this time.

The 18-year-old driver missed her graduation ceremony due to the crash.

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