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5 from Colfax involved in fatal crash on I-94 Saturday

By LeAnn R. Ralph

BALDWIN  —  Five people from Colfax were in the Suburban struck by a pickup truck driving erratically on Interstate-94 near Baldwin Saturday that resulted in the death of the pickup driver, a 22-year-old man from New Richmond.

According to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Jon Hurlburt, 53, of Colfax, was the driver of the 2007 Chevrolet Suburban. Passengers in the Suburban were John Dachel, 44, Alyssa Dachel, 10, Emma Hurlburt, 10, and Savannah Henrich, 10.

None of the people from Colfax were injured in the crash.

The accident happened at 6:13 p.m. Saturday, June 4. At 6:08 p.m., the state patrol received a report of a pickup truck driving erratically. At 6:13 p.m., the pickup truck struck the eastbound 2007 Chevrolet Suburban from behind and then veered into the right ditch and rolled over.

The pickup truck was a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Michael Thomas Doering, 22, of New Richmond.

Doering was ejected from the Silverado and fatally injured.

Two passengers in the Silverado also suffered life-threatening injuries: Lucas T. Pitzen, 24, of New Richmond, and Mahriyah Rae Mckenzie, 23, of Clear Lake.

According to the state patrol, all of the passengers from Colfax were wearing seat belts, but none of the passengers in the Silverado were wearing seat belts.

Mckenzie was airlifted by helicopter to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

Pitzen was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital.

According to the state patrol news release, all three of the occupants in the Silverado had been consuming alcohol.

Dachel, the principal at Colfax High School, was out of the office on Monday and unable to be reached for comment by press time.

Bill Yingst, Colfax school district administrator, also was out of the office on Monday and unable to be reached.

The Wisconsin State Patrol released the names of those involved in the accident in a news release sent out at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Lisa Bragg-Hurlburt, the director of the Colfax Public Library, issued a statement on Facebook Monday afternoon saying she had received many texts and people asking about her husband’s accident on I-94 and that her husband, daughter and the other three people from Colfax are fine.

Jon Hurlburt was driving players home from a basketball tournament in the Minneapolis area and was hit from behind and side-swiped by a passing car traveling at a high rate of speed, Bragg-Hurlburt wrote.

The three girls “in our Suburban, Emma among them, saw everything so were (are) pretty upset. I’m a little shaken myself. Things happen so fast,” Bragg-Hurlburt wrote.