Hwy. 8 crash

A Dodge Ram, left, was hit by a Chevy Tahoe (behind the white truck) on Hwy. 8 on Tuesday morning, Nov. 19. The driver of the Tahoe was killed and the driver of the Dodge was injured.

The Wisconsin State Patrol has released the names of the drivers in the fatal crash on Hwy. 8, west of Weyerhaeuser, on Tuesday morning, Nov. 19.

The 28-year-old man from Bruce was identified as Richard J. Smith. He was killed when his 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe, traveling west, lost control and collided head-on with a 2014 Dodge Ram, traveling east.

The crash happened at 7:52 a.m., at Cranberry Lake Road.Smith was not wearing a seat belt and icy roads may have been a factor. Alcohol was not involved for either driver.

The driver of the Dodge was identified as Laura J. Peterson, 64, of Chetek. She was transported to a local hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries. Peterson was wearing a seat belt and no tickets will be issued.

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