SPARTA — Authorities identified three people from Germany who died Sunday in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in Monroe County.
Killed were driver Laura Prechtel, 20, and passengers Christine Damer, 22, and Melina Orfanidis, 20, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. Prechtel and Orfanidis were not wearing seat belts.
Their 2016 Nissan sedan stopped in the west lanes near mile marker 30 about 7:30 p.m. after it hit a deer before it was rear-ended by a semi that then overturned.
The driver of the semi — 46-year-old Ivica Modrusic of Missouri — was hospitalized at Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta with serious injuries.