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Three deaths confirmed in farming combine, SUV collision in Jefferson County

Posted at 9:51 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-04 19:27:51-04

TOWN OF LAKE MILLS, Wis. - Three people are dead after a sport utility vehicle collided with a farming combine on County Road B in the town of Lake Mills.

"I just heard a big boom," a neighbor said.

"I've been around long enough to know when you hear a big boom, it's a big boom," he continued.

The Jefferson County Sheriff said in a news release that they were called to the crash at 6:59 p.m. about a half mile west of Stoney Creek Road.

“It was really bad," Dave Schneider said. "I drove up and I drove right by and [I saw] that a combine has hit a car and it looked like a pretty bad accident."

Chopper four video captured the aftermath of the deadly collision between the farming combine and a sport utility vehicle. According to neighbors, they haven't seen a deadly crash this bad in the area in a very long time.

“When it happens that quickly that makes you scared," Jim Battist said.

Battist is a farmer and he’s lived in the area all his life. He said although this situation is a sad one, it’s also a reminder to maintain caution while operating farming equipment on the county road.

"You have to be careful," Battist said. “I try to watch for the cars coming and see what kind is coming and try to make sure that my lights are all working."

 The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office is still investigating the crash. The office plans to release the names of those involved Monday.