3 die in crash moments after fallen stop sign was reported

The incident happened in St. Croix County, Wisconsin.
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Three people have died after a crash in western Wisconsin that happened shortly after police received a report of a downed stop sign.

The incident happened at 7:10 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Wisconsin 64 and County Road T, near New Richmond.

Harley Davidson rider Cody Cook-Terhurne, 34, of Somerset, Wisconsin, crashed into a Lincoln passenger car containing driver John Plasch, 55, and passenger Miriam Espinosa, 46, both from Oakdale, Minnesota.

All three died in the collision.

Police say that moments before the crash, dispatch received a report that a stop sign on northbound County Road T had fallen down at the intersection with Wisconsin 64.

Cook-Terhurne then went through the intersection and collided with the Lincoln car, which had the right of way.

The St. Croix County Sheriff's Office will now be trying to verify the report about the stop sign as part of its investigation into the crash.

Traffic was detoured for five hours while the scene was attended to. They are the 6th, 7th and 8th road fatalities in the county so far in 2019.

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