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Traffic blocked for Highway 42 northbound at I-43 intersection due to tipped tanker truck

TOWN OF SHEBOYGAN, WI (WHBL) -  Traffic is closed to part of the I-43/Highway 42 intersection due to a tipped tanker truck at one of the roundabouts. The incident occurred around 9:45 this morning on the south roundabout, the one closer to Texas Roadhouse and Hardees.  Sheboygan County Sheriff's Sgt. Doug Tuttle said the situation is not hazardous and no major leakage from the tanker is taking place. For now, all traffic on Highway 42 towards Howards Grove at the roundabout is clo...

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Prescott man accused of talking on phone while causing fatal crash

Brass Milled Gavel By walknboston (Flickr: Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Brass Milled Gavel By walknboston (Flickr: Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

ST. CROIX COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A western Wisconsin man is due in court November 8th, after he was accused of causing a fatal traffic crash while chatting on a cellphone.

65-year-old Thomas Geistfeld of Prescott was charged last week in St. Croix County with negligent homicide and second-degree reckless homicide.

Authorities said he was trying to pass a truck that was pulling a trailer, when his vehicle fish-tailed on a wet road and hit an oncoming car. The driver of that car, 37-year-old Dawn Anderson of New Richmond, was killed.

The crash happened in late September of last year on St. Croix County Trunk “I” in the town of Joseph.

A reconstruction team found that Geistfeld was driving from 73 to 94 miles an hour in a 55-zone. Officials said Geistfeld threw down his cellphone to try and get his vehicle back under control.

State lawmakers have occasionally talked about banning cellphone use behind the wheel – but a statewide bill has never been introduced, although some communities ban the practice. Wisconsin did ban drivers from writing and reading text messages in 2010.