Officials: Woman dies after driving around road blocks, falling 50 feet into a washout


A woman died after driving past two road blocks and crashing her car on a washed-out road, Wisconsin officials say.

A Wisconsin Department of Transportation official was assessing damage on Highway 63 near Grand View Monday morning when he reported a vehicle had driven around two "road closed" barricades and fell 50 feet into a washout, a news release from Bayfield County says.

Her vehicle came to a rest near a culvert, and she had to be extricated from the vehicle and brought up using "rope rescue equipment," officials said.

She was taken to a hospital in Duluth, where she later died.


This is at least the fourth death related to last week's storms, which dumped nearly a foot of rain across northern Wisconsin in just a few hours and caused $28 million worth of damage to roads and bridges, according to Wisconsin Emergency Management.

Highway 63 has been closed at Twentymile Creek near Grand View since the storm, as have many other roads in the area due to flooding and washouts, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's website shows.


Gov. Scott Walker has declared a State of Emergency in eight counties, including Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer and Washburn, the Wisconsin Emergency Management website says. Walker is also seeking a Federal Damage Assessment for the damage.

'Turn around, don't drown'

Wisconsin officials have been warning motorists not to drive on flooded roadways, and this most recent incident has them again reminding drivers not to ignore road blocks or closures.


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