The Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating a truck vs. truck crash that resulted in fatal injuries to 75 year-old Frank C. McIntyre of Beloit. The truck accident occured at approximately 4:00 p.m. on February 24, 2009, on State Highway 11, near South Potter Road in Spring Valley Township.
Preliminary investigations showed that a heavy duty Chevrolet bucket truck, being driven by 29 year-old Austin R. Hauser, of Orfordville, was pulling a trailer loaded with a Bobcat, when the trailer began to sway. Eventually, the trailer broke free from Hauser's truck, crossing the center line of West State Highway 11 and into the path of McIntyre's vehicle.
Based upon early reports, it appears that Hauser failed to maintain control of the trailer he was hauling. It is still unknown whether speed and/or faulty equipment played a role in the crash.
Orfordville Fire and Rescue were able to remove McIntyre from his truck that had come to rest on the south ditchline of West State Highway 11. McIntyre was immediately transported to Mercy Hospital in Janesville, where he was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m.
Our thoughts are with McIntyre's family for this tragic crash.