Alcohol appears to be a factor in a two-vehicle head-on crash Nov. 13 which left two men injured.
According to a news release from the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office in Viroqua, at approximately 7:38 p.m., a northbound vehicle driven by Rafael Puix Choc, 31, Arcadia, went off the right shoulder of State Hwy. 35, just south of the village of Genoa. Puix Choc’s vehicle traveled down the ditch for 100 yards and then came back on the road and crossed the center line, striking a southbound vehicle driven by Larry Bolster, 72, De Soto.
Puix Choc was transported by Tri-State Ambulance to Mayo Clinc Health System in La Crosse with head and leg injuries. Bolster was transported to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse with chest pain. Both men appeared to be wearing their seatbelts at the time of the accident.
Sheriff’s Office Deputy Lt. Jason Crume told the Vernon County Broadcaster of Viroqua that toxicology results are pending for Puix Choc.
Assisting at the scene were the Genoa-Harmony First Responders, Genoa-Harmony Fire Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
The accident remains under investigation by both the State Patrol and the Sheriff’s Office.