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Saturday: Deadliest day of crashes in 40 years for Fond du Lac County

Hwy 23 in the area of CTH M in the Town of Rosendale Monday, February 5, 2018. (WLUK/Pafoua Yang)

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WLUK) -- Slick roads and dangerous travel continued through the weekend with dozens of crashes.

In Fond du Lac County, it was the deadliest day of crashes in 40 years.

"I looked back in the statistics of 40 years, back in 1978 and we have not had, in Fond du Lac County, a single day where we had three different motor vehicle fatality crashes," Capt. Ryan Waldschmidt told FOX 11.

The first collision happened just before 10 a.m on. Hwy 44 in Metomen, killing 77-year-old Patsy Knight.

The second crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on Hwy 49 in Alto. It killed 56-year-old Daniel Emmer, and his nephew, 27-year-old Brian Emmer.

And the third happened around 6 p.m. in Rosendale on Hwy 23, killing 34-year-old Rickey Allen.

In those three crashes, five other people were taken to the hospital.

Waldschmidt said in all three fatal crashes, the drivers lost control of their vehicles, crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car.

"In these cases they're tragic crashes. We don't call them 'accidents' because all of them were completely preventable if people would have just slowed down to the appropriate speed for a snow storm," Waldschmidt explained.

Waldschmidt said crews responded to 16 other crashes and 20 vehicle run-offs Saturday.

"Sometimes I think it just starts to sound like white noise, where we repeat over and over and over again that everybody knows that 'snow means slow'," said Waldschmidt.

Along with slowing down, Waldschmidt said drivers should pay attention to the road, and leave plenty of space between their vehicle and other vehicles.

"The physics work against you in those cases," Waldschmidt said. "In order to adjust for that, you need to adjust your driving behavior and slow down."

The area where the deadly crashes happened received around six inches of snow on Saturday.

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