On May 15, 2020, at approximately 5:45 a.m., the Grant County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy 35/61 near Kelly Ln located in the Township of Paris.
Tyler Clauer, age 28 from rural Potosi, was traveling southbound on Hwy 35/61 in his 2009 Chevy Cobalt. Clauer lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a downhill curve to the right. Clauer's Cobalt swerved out of control and crossed into the northbound lanes. The Cobalt then struck the guardrail on the east side of the roadway and bounced off, sliding downhill, while sideways, in the northbound lanes.
At the same time, Daniel Kieler, age 34 from rural Hazel Green, was traveling northbound on Hwy 35/61 in his 1993 Ford Bronco. Kieler's Bronco struck Clauer's Cobalt, on its driver's side, while it was sliding sideways in the northbound lanes. The Bronco rolled onto its side and came to rest on the driver's side in the southbound lane.
The Cobalt violently spun clockwise back into the guardrail on the east side of the roadway in the northbound lanes. Kieler was able to get out of his vehicle and was transport to Southwest Health Center in Platteville for non-life threatening injuries.
Due to being trapped in the car, the Dickeyville and Potosi JAWS units were able to extricate Clauer from the vehicle. The Dickeyville Rescue squad transported Clauer to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, where he later succumbed to his injuries sustained in the crash. Kieler was wearing a safety belt. Clauer was not wearing his safety belt. This matter is still under investigation as speed and weather conditions may be contributing factors in the crash. At the time of the collision, the roadway was wet, and there was near zero visibility fog in the area. This crash resulted in the 3rd fatality in Grant County for 2020.