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Prairie Du Sac, WI Six Vehicle Collision, Mar 1943




Prairie Du Sac -- PAUL DOSCH, 42, Richland Center, driver of a Badger Ordnance works bus, was killed and nine persons were injured, one seriously, in a multiple vehicle accident about 9 a.m. today. The accident happened at the junction of Highway PF and Highway 12, about a mile west of Prairie du Sac, and five and a half miles south of the Badger Ordnance Works.
The injured were:
MATHEW HOLDERMAN, 48, 1041 Winnebago St., Milwaukee, driver of a Louis Meyer Co., Milwaukee, semi-trailer truck, serious hip and back injuries; taken to St. Mary's Ringling Hospital, Baraboo.
ALEXANDER KRATOCHWILL, 51, Muscoda, smokeless powder line helper at Badger Ordnance works, cuts and head injury; taken to St. Mary's Ringling Hospital.
FRANK HOLAN, 46, Muscoda, smokeless powder line helper at BOW, skull and shoulder injury; taken to Madison General Hospital.
ELDEN HAMILTON, 52, Avoca, nitrocellulose helper, BOW, right leg fracture; taken to Madison General Hospital.
GUS NEVAR, 42, Prairie du Sac, farmer, fractured right leg; taken to Madison General Hospital.
RAYMOND ELLENBOLT, 33, smokeless powder line helper, BOW, cuts; taken to BOW Hospital.
WILLIAM CUMMINGS, Minneapolis, chest injury; taken to BOW Hospital.
MRS. WILLIAM CUMMINGS, Minneapolis, leg injury; taken to BOW Hospital.
NAOMI CUMMINGS, Minneapolis, treated for shock at BOW Hospital.
The accident happened when the Muscoda BOW bus, driven by DOSCH, collided head-on with a lumber-loaded semi-trailer, driven by HOLDERMAN. Two private cars driven on the same side of the road as the truck stopped behind it, and two other BOW buses, failing to see the traffic jam soon enough in the heavy fog, jammed on their brakes and slid into the cars, pushing them into the truck.
Witnesses said the road was extremely slippery at the point of the accident.
NEVAR, who lives near the scene of the pile-up, was helping to remove DOSCH from the driver's seat of the Muscoda bus when the other buses crashed into the jam, and was injured when one of the other vehicles struck him. Occupants of all the vehicles were jarred, and some were injured.
DOSCH died a few minutes after he was removed from his bus, Dr. O. V. Pawlisch, Reedsburg, Sauk County Coroner said. DOSCH was pinned in his seat by the collision.

Wisconsin Daily Journal Madison 1943-03-13

article | by Dr. Radut