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A vehicle operated by Katie M. Monahan was heavily damaged in an accident in Westby on July 7.

Minor injuries were reported in a two vehicle accident near High Echo Lane and Hwy. 14/61 in the city of Westby on Saturday, July 7.

What ruffled the most feathers though was the reason for the crash: a vehicle braked hard for a flock of geese crossing the highway resulting in a two car pile-up behind the lead car.

Westby Police responded to the crash at approximately 2:30 p.m. The lead vehicle was operated by Jessica K. Kaufmann of Ontario who was traveling east and stopped for a flock of geese as they made their way across Hwy. 14/61.

Another eastbound vehicle behind Kaufmann, operated by Kristine J. Jenkins of Viroqua, swerved left of the center line to avoid crashing into the back of the Kaufmann vehicle.

Jenkins slammed on her brakes stopping abruptly and was struck from behind by a third vehicle operated by Katie M. Monahan of La Crosse who was unable to stop in time to avoid crashing into the Jenkins vehicle.

Both the Jenkins and Monahan vehicles received extensive damage and were towed from the scene.

No major injuries were reported and no one was transported to a medical facility. Traffic on Hwy. 14/61 was reduced to one lane for an extended period of time.

Assisting Westby PD at the scene were members of the Westby First Responders, Westby-Christiana Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance and the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department.

The accident remains under investigation by the Westby Police Department.


Westby Times editor

Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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