One person is dead and another is still in the hospital after a two-vehicle crash last Wednesday on Hwy. 12 in the town of Alma between Merrillan and Black River Falls in Jackson County.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies and emergency crews found two vehicles about noon that had received severe damage. Leanna L. Cernohous, 36, of Merrillan was transported to a hospital for treatment of her critical injuries, while Norman T. Tischer, 80, of Augusta was pronounced dead on scene.

Cernohous is the agriculture teacher for the Lincoln School District.

“It sounds like there was a left-of-center issue that we are still working on. We don’t have all of the facts of that either,” Jackson County Sheriff Duane Waldera said. “We do have indications from a witness that a vehicle was left-of-center.”

Besides the fact that a vehicle was left-of-center, no other cause of the accident has been released.

Hwy. 12 was closed for about four hours as authorities investigated.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Merrillan Police Department, Merrillan Fire and First Responders and the Black River Falls Fire Department responded.

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