Two dead in high-speed, two-vehicle crash in Ixonia

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Two dead in high-speed, two-vehicle crash in Ixonia

By Keller Russell and The WTMJ News Team. CREATED Feb 19, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb 20, 2012

IXONIA - Two people are dead and three others were injured after a two-vehicle crash in Ixonia.

Authorities say a Dodge Ram truck was traveling west on Hwy. 16 when a Buick sitting at a stop sign, pulled out into its path.  The truck struck the car, sending both vehicles into the ditch.

Four people were inside the car. One man died at the scene.  A woman was taken to Oconomowoc Hospital, where according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's office, she was pronounced dead.

Two others in the car, a man and a woman, were taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa.  As of early Monday morning, they were listed in serious condition.

Sgt. Leon Groshek with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department believed they were two couples, one of which from the West Bend area.

Authorities say that the man who drove the Dodge pickup was taken to Oconomowoc Hospital, treated, and released.

The driver of the car's failure to yield to the right of way to the pick up truck is believed to be the only contribiting factor in the crash, according to a press release by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Keller Russell reports that his passenger was was also hurt, but not taken to a hospital for medical care.

Investigators don’t know why the car pulled out.

“Visibility isn’t that bad. There could be a thousand different variables as to what happened,” said Sgt. Groshek.

People who live near the intersection say there have been several bad crashes there.

Julie Moore heard the roar of the sirens and headed out to make sure her son wasn’t involved. He crosses the intersection every day.

“It scares me being a parent,” said Moore. “This is a bad intersection and I always told my kids to watch it.”