A Racine County man was killed Thursday afternoon in a head-on crash between a dump truck and a Ford Expedition SUV in the 6400 block of McHenry Street, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.His death marks the fifth traffic-related fatality in the county since last Friday.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, located south of the Highway 36 bypass and north of Yahnke Road, at about 12:16 p.m. The driver of the SUV, a man in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene, according a Sheriff’s Office press release.
The driver of the dump truck, a man in his 60s, was released from Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington after being treated for minor injuries, the release said.
The SUV driver’s name has not been released pending family notification.
Initial investigation indicates that the SUV was driving south on McHenry Street (Highway P) and crossed the center line. The dump truck, which was traveling north, attempted to avoid the SUV but the two still collided head-on, the release said.
At the time of the crash, scanner reports indicated the dump truck was stuck in a ditch and leaking oil.At one point a Flight For Life helicopter was called but it was later canceled.
The crash is the latest in a series of tragic accidents in the past week.
In a May 25 crash, Caledonia couple Phillip Burmeister, 65, and Nadine Burmeister, 62, were killed on Spring Street (Highway C) and 59th Drive in Yorkville after a car hit their “trike” motorcycle, throwing them into oncoming traffic.
Julio Cesar Miramontes Jiminez, 27, of Mount Pleasant, and Lily Ventura Samarin, 22, of Racine, were killed after crashing Sunday into a former South Shore Fire Department station at 3809 Sheridan Road in Mount Pleasant’s Lake Park neighborhood.
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