Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports a single vehicle accident resulting in a Fatality. The accident occurred on Maple Dale Road, just south of Pierce Hill Road, Town of Viroqua, shortly after 11:00 AM on September 22nd.
The operator of the vehicle, Joseph B. Menne, age 79, of rural Viroqua, left his residence at approximately 11:00 AM, approximately 2 miles from the accident location. Mr. Menne was en route to pick up cattle near Soldiers Grove. He was reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office at approximately 6:57 PM.
When deputies arrived on scene at the accident location, it appeared Mr. Menne attempted to drive through a water covered road. The cattle trailer jackknifed causing the truck and trailer to become stuck in the water, which reached approximately 6 feet. The water eventually filled the passenger compartment of the truck. Mr. Menne was pronounced dead at 9:08 PM. This marks Vernon County’s 3rd traffic Fatality for 2016.
Assisting the Sheriff’s Office were the Viroqua Fire Department, Vernon County Emergency Management, and the Vernon County Coroner’s Office. The accident remains under investigation.