Five injured in multi-vehicle town crash

Motorist faces OWI, other charges after striking four vehicles at intersection of Port and Pioneer roads
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

A multi-vehicle crash in the Town of Grafton on Saturday, June 30, resulted in several injuries and a driver being transported by Flight For Life.

At 4:53 p.m., an Ozaukee County sheriff’s deputy witnessed the accident, which involved five vehicles at the intersection of Port Washington and Pioneer roads.

Grafton Fire Chief Bill Rice said the accident had a large volume of debris that stretched about 400 feet, making it difficult for first responders to access the scene. 

“Once I was on scene, I noticed one vehicle rolled over down an embankment at Ulao Creek, and I noticed one body laying in the roadway being assisted by bystanders,” Rice said.

According to a sheriff’s report, a Mercedes sports utility vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at a red light at Pioneer Road and struck four vehicles as it sped through the intersection.

The driver of the SUV, which rolled over, was identified as a 28-year-old Shorewood man who was transported by the fire department to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa for non-life-threatening injuries.

Rice said the man was able to crawl from  the vehicle.

A 34-year-old Grafton man driving a GMC pickup truck was extricated by first responders, then transported to the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton and taken by a Flight For Life helicopter to Froedtert.

“The car was wrapped around the man, and we had our work cut out for us,” Rice said.

Three occupants in a Toyota Camry were transported to Aurora to be treated for cuts caused by broken glass. A 63-year-old Cedarburg man was driving a Volvo that was also struck, but he did not sustain any injuries.

The driver of the Mercedes SUV was arrested. Police have requested charges from the Ozaukee County district attorney for operating while intoxicated, causing injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, operating without a valid license causing great bodily harm and second-degree recklessly endangering safety. The driver was also cited for violation of a traffic control signal.

According to Lt. Wayne Lambrecht, the accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office and blood toxicology results are pending.

The Mequon fire and police departments, Cedarburg Fire Department and Thiensville Fire Department were also called to the scene.

“It was a very serious accident, and luckily there were no fatalities,” Rice said.

“It could have been a lot worse based on the number of vehicles that were involved and the amount of damage.”

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