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Schwerts injured in accident
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A Gays Mills mother and daughter were hospitalized after being hit by a semi-truck, which failed to stop at a stop sign on County A at Highway 129 in South Lancaster Township last Friday evening, April 12.

Lois Schwert, 57, was driving south on 129 with her daughter Sheri Schwert, 18, when the semi-truck-car-hauler operated by Mykola Havrylovych, 21, Portland, Ore., struck them, According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

The semi struck the passenger side of the Saturn, causing it to spin and stop in the east side ditch, the sheriff’s department reported. The collision completely tore apart the passenger side of the Saturn.

Persons on the scene removed Sheri Schwert from the car. Both Lois and Sheri were wearing seatbelts and were transported to Grant Regional Health Center by Lancaster EMS. 

Medflight later transported Sheri to UW-Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The UW-Hospital reported Sheri Schwert’s condition as “good” on Tuesday of this week.

Havrylovych, the semi driver, and his passenger, Vyacheslav I. Bezhan, 33, also from Portland, were uninjured. 

Havrylovych was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign causing great bodily harm and inattentive driving.  Additional charges are pending the results of the crash investigation.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Lancaster Police Department, the Lancaster Fire Department, the Lancaster Rescue Squad, Wisconsin State Patrol, Bennett’s Towing, and Guy’s Truck and Tractor.