Peter Weix Obituary, Death – On Friday morning, there was a three-vehicle collision on State Highway 69 about 0.1 mile south of Highland Drive, which is located just north of the Village of New Glarus. One citizen of New Glarus was killed in the collision, and two other residents of New Glarus were injured. On the morning of Friday, January 13, 2023, at 8:10 a.m., the Green County Sheriff’s Office received many calls to 911 reporting an accident involving three vehicles and injuries that had occurred on State Highway 69, a little more than one mile north of the Village of New Glarus. On their way to the site, deputies were joined by New Glarus EMS, New Glarus Fire, Belleville Fire, Green County EMS, Fitch-Rona EMS, and two helicopters from the UW Med Flight service.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Peter J. Weix, age 57, of New Glarus was driving north on State Highway 69 in a Volkswagen Beetle, and he was following a Toyota Rav4 SUV driven by Ruth A. Zuber, age 61, also of New Glarus. It appears that the Volkswagen made an attempt to pass the Toyota on the right shoulder of the road, but after it completed the pass, it slid broadside in front of the Zuber car and was struck broadside by the Toyota Rav4. Following this, the Volkswagen drove into the path of a southbound Subaru Legacy automobile driven by Joyce A. Jensen, who is 62 years old and hails from New Glarus. The collision that ensued sent both vehicles careening onto the west shoulder of the highway, while the Toyota came to rest in the northbound lane of State Highway 69.
Peter Weix was declared dead at the scene of the accident by the Green County Coroner, despite the efforts of the first responders who were called to the scene. While Ruth Zuber did not immediately seek medical attention, Joyce Jensen was airlifted in a critical condition to a hospital in Madison by a medical helicopter service known as Med Flight. In all three vehicles, the airbags went off, and all three drivers appeared to be properly restrained by their safety belts. The state of the road did not appear to be a component that contributed to the collision. The Green County Highway Department responded with barricades and staff to direct traffic while the Wisconsin State Patrol aided by dispatching an accident reconstruction team to the location of the incident. The roadway was stopped for almost six hours, but it is expected to reopen on Friday around the middle of the day.
The incident, which resulted in Green County’s first traffic fatality in 2023, is still being looked into by authorities.
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