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Taylor County Traffic Fatality

Taylor County Traffic Fatality   Friday, October 1, 2021

  On Friday morning, October 1, at approximatley 9:24, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received several 911 calls reporting a two vehicle crash on State Highway 13 at the intersection of Apple Avenue in the Town of Little Black.  It was reported that a semi-tractor/trailer unit and a passenger truck were involved.  It was further reported that the driver of the passenger truck was critically injured.

  Taylor County Deputies, along with Stetsonville Fire, Medford Ambulance and MedEvac were dispatched to the scene.  Emergency responders found a black Ford F-150 passenger truck with extensive damage in the roadway and a lone male occupant trapped inside the vehicle and was unresponsive.  Emergency responders determined that the driver was deceased.  The driver was identified as 36-year old Scott Soczka of Edgar.  

  The driver of the semi-tractor/trailer unit was transported to Aspirus Medford Hospital for medical evaluation.

  A preliminary investigation indicates the semi tractor/trailer was southbound on State Highway 13 travelling about 55 mph when the northbound Ford passenger truck made a left (west) turn on to Apple Avenue in front of the semi-tractor/trailer.  The semi-tractor/trailer impacted the passenger side of the Ford truck, causing significant damage to the Ford truck.

  Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears that the driver of the passenger truck failed to yield the right of way while making a left hand turn.  There were no other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash.  Currently, it does not appear that alcohol or drugs were factors in this crash.

Gravel Pit Death

Gravel Pit Death   Friday, October 1, 2021

  On Friday morning, October 1st at approximately 9:26, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center received several calls reporting a deceased subject in a gravel pit at W11422 County Road A-T in the Town of Maplehurst, Taylor County.

  Taylor County Detectives, along with Owen Withee Fire and EMS, were dispatched to the scene.  Emergency responders found a male subject entrapped in a hopper, covered with gravel.  Emergency responders worked to extricate the male subject and once extricated, it was determined that the male subject was deceased.  The male subject was identified as 25-year Nickolas Peleschak of Lublin.

  A preliminary investigation indicates Peleschak was working in the gravel pit and, at some point, entered the hopper bin.  Once inside the hopper bin, the gravel collapsed around him, trapping him.

  Preliminary findings from the Medical Examiners Office indicates Peleschak died from asphyxiation due to injuries sustained from the incident.  No foul play is suspected at this time.

 

 

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