On September 24, 2015 at approximately 3:05 PM the Grant County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call regarding a two vehicle crash on Hwy 80/81 on the Hwy 151 overpass. When emergency personnel arrived, they found a semi-truck on Hwy 80/81with heavy front end damage and a passenger car off the south side of the road with heavy damage to the driver’s side doors.
The initial investigation revealed that Randy J. Voss, 59, of Freeport, IL had been driving a 2009 Freightliner, owned by RE Transit, LLC of Shannon, IL. He was going south on Hwy 80/81 going over the Hwy 151 overpass.
Paul D. Reichers, 77, of Platteville, WI, had been driving his 2000 Buick going north on Hwy 151 and had just exited at Hwy 80/81. Reichers had stopped at the stop sign at the top of the ramp. He pulled out from the stop sign as Voss was approaching the off/on ramps for Hwy 151 at Hwy 80/81.
Voss’s truck struck both driver’s side doors on Reichers’s vehicle, which came to rest south of the off northbound off ramp. Reichers had to be extricated from his vehicle. He was transported to Southwest Health Center and then flown to UW Hospital in Madison, WI shortly after. Reichers died a few hours later at UW Hospital. Voss was uninjured in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Platteville Fire Department, Platteville EMS, the Wisconsin State Patrol, UW Platteville Police, Guy’s Towing, and the Kieler Service Center.