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Leibfried countys fifth traffic fatality of 2011
Fighting high winds and cold rain, emergency responders swarm around the vehicle occupied by Tim Govier and Megan Goodall, who were injured in an accident Thursday that also took the life of Marcella Leibfried. - photo by David Timmerman

    Grant County suffered its fifth traffic fatality of the 2011 Thursday afternoon with the death of a Lancaster woman in a two-vehicle accident.

    Marcella Leibfried, 76, was operating her SUV westbound on CTH A when it appears that she failed to stop at the intersection with STH 129. Leibfried’s vehicle crossed STH 129 and into the path of a small truck driven by Timothy Govier, 22, Prairie du Chien, which sent the two vehicles careening into a field northwest of the intersection. Govier’s vehicle sustain massive damage on the passenger’s side, where Megan Goodall, 20, DeWitt, Iowa, had been riding in the truck.

    Leibfried was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Coroner Ron Sturmer. Goodall, who suffered major injuries in the accident, was taken to Grant Regional Health Center, then taken to UW-Hospitals for further treatment. Govier suffered minor injuries, and was taken to Grant Regional Health Center for treatment.

    Members of the Grant County’s Sheriff’s Department, along with members of Lancaster EMS, Lancaster Fire Department, and Lancaster Police Department rushed to the scene. The Wisconsin State Patrol was also at the crash. It remains under investigation.