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Power pole accident causes power outage

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Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports that on On 05-27-2020, at approximately 5:46 PM, the Vernon County 911 Emergency Dispatch Center received a call of a one vehicle accident at the intersection of State Highway 56 and Main St in the Village of Genoa.
   It was reported that a vehicle had struck a power pole and that there were power lines down on the road. Chase M. Von Ruden, age 23 of Chaseburg WI, was traveling west on State Highway 56. Chase Von Ruden was making a right turn onto Main St in Genoa when his tire had a failure causing the vehicle to pull to the right where he struck a power pole.
   The power pole had snapped in half with the top section landing on top of the vehicle. The downed pole caused a power outage in the surrounding area for several hours as a result. The vehicle was removed due to disabling damage and there were no reported injuries. Assisting at the scene were the Genoa Fire Department and Excel Energy.

Biker ejected on trail unable to walk

On May 13, 2020, the Vernon County 911 Dispatch Center was notified of a mountain bike crash at Sidie Hollow County Park.  Zach W. Zadow, age 29, of Minneapolis and his father were riding bicycle trails at Sidie Hollow County Park.  Zach lost control of his mounty bike on the steep rocky grade.  Zach was ejected off his bicycle and sustain serious injuries that left him unable to walk. 
   The Viroqua Fire Deparment was notified to assist in the location and extrication of the injuried cyclist.  Members of the Viroqua Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance and Vernon County Sheriff's Office hiked from the Sidie Hollow Dam and located Mr. Zadow.  Emergency  crews utilized a stokes basket to carry him out of the woods.  Tri-State Ambulance transported Mr. Zadow to Vernon Memorial Hospital.  
   Both Zach and his father were wearing protective helmets.  Crews remained on scene for approximatly two hours.

Car hits tree, driver & passenger had minor injuries

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Vernon, County - A single-vehicle crash occurred Sunday morning, May 3, 2020, at approximately 11:00 AM, in the town of Kickapoo.  Graciella Joy Mickelsen, age 16, of rural Viroqua, WI was operating a passenger car northbound on Riley Road. 
   The vehicle was traveling downhill, just north of Kolstad Road and the operator lost control on the gravel surface.  The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  The operator sustained possible minor injuries.  A passenger, Cheryl Lynn Mickelsen, age 56, also of rural Viroqua was also injured and she was extricated from the passenger side of the vehicle by the Readstown and Viroqua Fire Departments.  Both were transported to Vernon Memorial Healthcare in Viroqua, WI by Readstown EMS.  Both were treated and released Sunday afternoon. 



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