UPDATE — Nine people in an SUV on their way to watch Black Hawk play in the girls WIAA state basketball tournament in Green Bay were injured Friday morning in a crash involving a semi.
The driver of the semi was treated and released from the hospital.
According to the Green County Sheriff’s office, an SUV was driving northbound on Wisconsin Highway 69, when deer ran onto the road.
“The family was in the process of traveling to the Wisconsin Girl’s State Basketball Tournement in Green Bay, WI to watch the Black Hawk Girl’s Basketball team,” the Sheriff’s office said in a news release.
Investigators said the family collided with one of several deer that had crossed the highway in the path of the SUV. The driver was taking evasive action to avoid colliding with the others when struck from behind by the semi.
All the passengers of the SUV were taken to the hospital with “a variety of injuries.”
The School District of Black Hawk’s Superintendent Willy Chambers told 27 News a “few” students were involved in the crash, but he did not specify how many.
“Thankfully, there were no fatalities. Obviously I don’t know the conditions of everybody else. I just hope and pray that they’re doing OK, recover and end up well in the end,” Chambers said.
He was up in Green Bay to watch the girl’s basketball team play on Friday.
It’s unclear if the team will address the crash before their game on Saturday.
According to the Green County Sheriff’s Office, the SUV was driven by Gerald Heimann, 54 of Gratiot.
Passengers are listed as Kenneth C. Heimann, 85 and Nancy A. Heimann, 58, along with five passengers from ages 12 to 15 and a 5-year-old
The driver of the semi was Kurt Hardie, 58 of Fond du Lac. Hardie was wearing a seatbelt, according to the Green County Sheriff.
Investigators say the 5-year-old, who was seated in the rear middle seat, was not wearing a safety belt and a 15-year-old girl was riding in the rear cargo area of the SUV and was not restrained. The remaining occupants were reported to be wearing safety belts.