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Name released in fatal crash near Woodruff



Wisconsin State Patrol investigators have released the name of the Minoqua woman that died in a three-vehicle crash Thursday.  She was 67-year-old Barbara Hilleque.  She was driving one of the northbound vehicles that collided, and then she collided with a southbound tour bus from the Beloit area.  Hilleque was pronounced dead at the scene.  Fourteen other people were taken to Howard Young Medical Center for evaluation of non-life threatening injuries.


WOODRUFF, Wis. (WSAU) -- A crash on Highway 51 Thursday morning left a Minoqua woman dead, and thirteen other people injured.

Sergeant Travis Wanless from the Wisconsin State Patrol says the crash happened north of Woodruff at 10:09 a.m.  “There were two vehicles heading northbound on Highway 51. One struck the other, forcing one of them into the southbound lane. There was a tour bus headed southbound on 51 that struck one of the vehicles.”

A 64-year-old female from Minocqua was struck by a another northbound vehicle driven by a 47-year-old female from Woodruff. The Minocqua woman’s car collided with the bus, and she died at the scene.

Wanless says the bus passengers ranged from 40 to 85-years-old, and were taken to Howard Young Medical Center.  “There were several that were transported. As of now, non-life threatening injuries for those that were transported. There was one fatality in the northbound vehicle, one of the northbound vehicles that did get struck by the tour bus.”

The tour bus had a group from the Beloit area. The bus driver declined medical transport.

Names have not been released. The crash remains under investigation