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Two two-vehicle crashes reported in Vernon County
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Anthony Saarem was driving on Hwy. 56 May 7 when a vehicle turned left in front of him. His vehicle struck a guardrail, rolled multiple times, struck a culvert and came to rest on its roof in a creek. - photo by Contributed/Vernon County Sheriff's Office

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office in Viroqua reported two two-vehicle crashes, May 7.

Two La Crosse women reported possible injuries in the first crash, which occurred at approximately 4 p.m. in the village of Coon Valley.

A vehicle driven by Sarah Lawrence, 25, of both Hustler and Viroqua, struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Mary Kay Kavanaugh, 58, La Crosse, on Main Street.

Kavanaugh was stopped in traffic, signaling a left turn into a private business, when Lawrence struck her vehicle from the rear, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Kavanaugh and her passenger, Leanne Baumgartner, 62, both told emergency personnel at the scene they might seek medical treatment on their own. Lawrence did not report any injuries.

All three women were wearing seatbelts,  and the damage to both vehicles was minor.

Nearly 90 minutes later, at approximately 5:26 p.m. in Liberty township, Danielle  Wight, 33, La Farge, turned her vehicle left in front of a westbound vehicle driven by Anthony Saarem, 29, La Crosse, on Hwy. 56.

Saarem swerved to miss Wight’s vehicle and struck the end of a guardrail, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Saarem’s vehicle then rolled multiple times, struck a large concrete culvert and came to rest on its roof in a small creek.

Saarem and a passenger, Eric Anderson, 30, Whitehall, were treated and released at the scene. Wight and her seven-year-old son were not injured.

All parties were wearing seat belts. The air bags in Saarem’s vehicle deployed.

Assisting at the scene was the Viola Fire Department and Viola EMS.

Both crashes remain under investigation.