Washington County Truck Accident Kills Three and Injures Four

On Sunday morning, a 1-ton flatbed truck caused a tragic truck accident. Early investigations have revealed that the flatbed truck lost control while traveling up an icy hill on State Highway 164 in the Town of Richfield. After losing control, the flatbed truck crossed the center line and collided with an SUV operated by 42 year-old Karl Ziebart, who was on his way to church with his wife, their children and two other children.

The collision fatally injured Karl Ziebart, his 9 year-old son, Luke, and a 12 year-old friend of the family that was accompanying the family to church. The other passengers in the SUV, Ziebart's 40 year-old wife, Denise; their other two children; and the brother of the 12 year-old family friend, all suffered serious personal injuries and were transported to area hospitals.

The flatbed truck was owned by Terra Tec Landscapes Inc., a Washington County landscaping company. The driver of the truck and his passengers are all being held in the Washington County Jail under suspicion of being in the country illegally. According to state records, it appears that the driver of the truck did hold a valid Wisconsin driver's license. However, it has yet to be determined what, if any, training the truck driver received from Terra Tec regarding the operation of the 1-ton flatbed truck on icy roads. Authorities have also not yet disclosed the truck driver's prior driving record.

Our thoughts are with the crash victims and their families.

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