MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Police Department said one person has died and one is in custody following a crash Friday morning.
The crash happened near Milwaukee Street and Wisconsin Avenue around 12:19 a.m. Officials said a 48-year-old woman was driving and a 40-year-old woman was in the passenger seat when their vehicle hit the railings at the Hop station on Milwaukee Street.
The 40-year-old woman died from her injuries at the scene, and the driver was taken into custody.
“I was just outside and has just gone back inside when we heard a large or a loud bang,” said Mary Muszytowski, “The car was so smushed; the pipe went straight through into the window.”
Mary Muszytowski was working around midnight when a car crashed near Milwaukee Street and Wisconsin Avenue.
She says she is used to car crashes happening in Milwaukee but the level of damage in this crash took her by surprise.
“You wouldn’t imagine seeing a car going straight through the rail. There are no other cars either so it's just wondering, ‘So, what happened?’” said Muszytowski.
Milwaukee Police confirm that speed is not considered a factor in this crash, with investigators estimating that the driver was traveling at about 30 miles per hour.
Hop spokesperson Mark Rosenberg says while the car hit the railing of the stop, streetcar service is not impacted.
MPD says this is the 19th person killed in a crash so far this year, compared to the 16 who were killed up to this point during the same time last year.
Milwaukee police said charges are pending review by the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.