One injured in 3-vehicle crash on Highway 64 near Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE — Just one person received non-life threatening injures when three vehicles were involved in crash Sunday around noon at the intersection of US Highway 63 and County Road F in the Polk County Village of Clear Lake.

According to a release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, the accident occurred at approximately 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Sunday, September 17.

Joseph P. Koehler, 27, of Oakdale, MN, was injured when he failed to yield at a stop sign. The driver of the vehicle that struck Koehler’s car, 59-year-old David G. Ficocello of Cumberland and the third vehicle’s driver, Steven S. Sunday, 40, of Clear Lake, were not injured in the crash. 

At the scene, the Trooper determined that the crash was caused by Koehler, the operator of a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo after he failed to yield from a stop sign while traveling eastbound on CTH F at USH 63.

The Monte Carlo pulled out in front of, and was struck by, a 2007 Cadillac Escalade driven Ficocello which was southbound on USH 63. After the initial impact, the vehicles then struck a 2010 Dodge Caravan driven by Sunday, which had been stopped in the northbound lane of USH 63 while waiting to turn westbound onto CTH F. 

Koehler was charged with possession of marijuana, operating under the influence of marijuana with a child under the age of 16 (3 years of age) in the vehicle, failure to yield right of way, and operating without a valid driver’s license. Koehler was transported to the Amery Hospital due to the injuries he sustained in the crash. The other occupants in the vehicles either appeared to be uninjured or were medically cleared.

All vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts when the crash happened.

The Wisconsin State Patrol was assisted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, Clear Lake Fire and Ambulance and the Amery Ambulance.