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A woman dies in a one car crash in Vernon county. 21 year old Brittany Leigh Shaw - James died last night when she lost control of her car going around a curve on Hwy. 56 in the town of Harmony. The Illinois woman was wearing a seatbelt when cops found her car overturned in a field. The sheriff's department says Shaw - James had friends and relatives around Viroqua and Richland Center. This is the 4th traffic fatality this year in Vernon county.
Two years after a medical helicopter crashed north of La Crosse, killing three people aboard, the cause of the wreck still has not been determined.
The National Transportation Safety Board filed a factual summary about the accident months ago, but has not issued a final report. Three men were on the chopper...a doctor, a nurse, and the pilot. The Med Flight medical director, Dr. Ryan Wubben, says he still thinks about the crash every day, but the accident does not 'define' Med Flight as an agency. The company's helicopters now include night vision equipment that they didn't have the night of the crash.
The robber in the hockey mask hasn't turned up yet...
Three days after a holdup at the Firefighters Credit Union in downtown La Crosse, police have not made an arrest in the case. Lieutenant Bob Berndt says people have called, suggesting they might know who the robber was, but police don't have a clear I-D yet. The gunman who took money from the credit union wore a mask the entire time he was in the building. Investigators have not found out where he ran after the robbery.
A tragic ending to prom night in Viroqua. Right before 11pm Saturday night a car carrying four teens went off the road crashing into a row of trees. 17 year old Nathan Gunderson and 18 year old Arrow Wildhack were sitting on the passenger side of the car and were killed in the crash. The driver 17 year old Rachel Way and passenger 15 year old Gina Young suffered minor injuries and were able to walk away from the crash. Vernon county sheriff Gene Cary says there recollection will be a major part of the investigation. He hopes their statements will shed some light on exactly what caused the crash. Cary says this kind of tragedy has an even bigger impact on a community as tight knit as Viroqua.