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A driver whose car crossed a highway center line, killing the driver of another vehicle Monday, was herself killed moments later after she left her car and was struck by a third vehicle swerving to avoid the collision, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said.

A Jeep Grand Cherokee was northbound on Highway 59, north of East Jacobs Drive in the town of Milton, about 3:30 a.m. when it crossed into the southbound lane and collided head on with a Chrysler minivan, Sgt. Matthew Jacobson said.

The driver of the Chrysler, a 34-year-old woman from Stoughton, died at the scene, Jacobson said.

The driver of the Jeep, a 23-year-old woman from Milton, got out of her vehicle and was standing near the shoulder of the road when a GMC Acadia, driven by a 30-year-old Milton man, swerved to avoid the crash.

The GMC struck the driver of the Jeep, who was taken to Mercy Hospital and later pronounced dead, Jacobson said.

A passenger in the Chrysler was taken to Mercy Hospital. The person’s condition was unknown, but Jacobson said the patient was stable. The driver of the Acadia was not injured.

The names of those involved were not released. The crash closed the highway for about six hours.


David Wahlberg is the health and medicine reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.