All but one of the people involved in a car-buggy crash in Trempealeau County of Friday have been released from the hospital.

David and Lydia Wengerd, 37 and 38 and both of Osseo, Wis., along with seven children, suffered life-threatening injuries and were transported to Tri-County Memorial Hospital in Whitehall and to the Mayo Clinic branch in Osseo, according to Trempealeau County authorities.

David remained hospitalized with lower leg injuries that will require additional surgery, according to a Sunday night update.

It also was unclear how many people had been transported to each hospital, though a receptionist at Tri-County said Sunday that no patients involved in the crash remained at that facility.

Two spokespersons for Mayo Clinic, Paul Meznarich and Susan Barber-Lindquist, said they could not provide any information, citing company policy that restricts the release of any details until patients sign a consent form.

Few new details were available Sunday about the events that led up to a vehicle striking the back of a buggy Friday night on U.S. Hwy. 53 east of Whitehall, Wis.

The buggy was hit bout 10:18 p.m. when Bradey A. Engen, 19, of Strum, Wis., failed to yield for the slow moving vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department.

Engen was not injured. Inattentive driving contributed to the crash, according to the department. The case will be reviewed by the County Attorney’s Office.

Court records show Engen has two speeding tickets, including one for traveling 17 mph above the speed limit in 2011 in Trempealeau County, and a misdemeanor conviction for failing to report an accident. The sheriff’s department did not say whether speed played a factor in Friday’s incident.

Further information, including the identity of a man arrested Saturday in connection with the incident, also was not available Sunday.

 

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