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Two children dead after Thursday crash in Whitewater

WHITEWATER (WKOW) — Two children were killed Thursday when a semi-truck crashed into a SUV that had turned in front of it, deputies say.

A Ford Excursion traveling north on U.S. Highway 12 in Whitewater at the Walworth Avenue intersection turned in front of a semi-truck heading southbound on the highway just after 7:30 p.m.

The driver of the SUV, Kristina Wilken, 44, of Waterford, and her front seat passenger, Michael Koelsch, 42, of Boise, Idaho, survived but were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Three children were in the back of the SUV, including Wilken’s teenage daughter and Koelsch’s 7-year-old twin girls.

Wilken’s daughter, Kaylinn, 14, was killed. So was one the twins, Olly.

The SUV was towing a boat at the time. Deputies say the semi truck collided with back of the SUV. The semi-truck driver, Allen Guthrie, 56, of Elkhorn, wasn’t hurt.

The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating the crash.


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