One man was killed in a two-vehicle crash at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, on Hwy. 27, about two miles north of Westby. It’s the second traffic fatality so far this year in Vernon County, four day after the first.
Chase N. Galle, 22, from Brandon, Wis., was driving south on Hwy. 27 near Melby Drive in the town of Christiana when he lost control on snow-covered roads and crossed the center line, according to the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department. Galle’s vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Duane T. Skarda, 52, of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., who was driving north on Hwy. 27. Both vehicles came to rest in the north lane of traffic.
Galle suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. He died while being transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. Skarda complained of chest pain and also was transported to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was later released.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, and airbags were deployed in Skarda’s vehicle. Hwy. 27 was closed in both directions for about two hours while the road was cleared.
Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department were members of the Wisconsin State Patrol, Westby Police Department, Westby-Christiana Fire Department, Westby First Responders, Tri-State Ambulance and the Vernon County Coroner’s Office.
Vernon County recorded its first traffic fatality of 2018 on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Bradley L. Sisbach, age 40, of rural Viroqua, was killed when his vehicle struck a tree in the town of Hamburg, near Chaseburg.
Both crashes remains under investigation.