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Winter weather makes roads tough, three killed in Oneida County crash
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A winter storm which dropped between six and 11 inches of snow across Wisconsin — including in upwards of eight inches in Antigo — turned deadly in Oneida County Tuesday.

Officials said three people died in the town of Cassian when an automobile slid across Highway 51 west of Rhinelander and collided with a propane tanker truck.

The deceased were identified as the propane truck driver, 22-year-old Jeremy Ritchie of Minocqua and the two occupants of the auto, 22-year-old Justine Ringberg of Bayfield and Raquel Nunez, 22, of New York.

Authorities said it appeared that Ringberg lost control of her car on the snowy road and slid into the semi’s path.

The storm made driving treacherous across the state, including here where Langlade County deputies and Antigo police recorded close to a dozen traffic accidents. None were serious and the majority involved vehicles sliding into the ditch. Officials said that travel was further complicated by white-out conditions brought on by brisk winds.

The situation was far more dire to the south where three people were injured in a 20-plus vehicle pile-up in southern Marathon County in the town of Knowlton near the Portage County line.

Northbound Interstate 39 was temporarily closed as rescue crews attended to those involved in the crash and vehicles were removed from the roadway. Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Bryan Wrycha said the stretch has since been reopened.

Eight to 11 inches of snow fell in central and northeast Wisconsin, meteorologist Tom Helman of the National Weather Service in Green Bay said.

“Winds are now the problem here — a lot of blowing, drifting snow,” Helman said, up to 35 mph in east-central Wisconsin.

About 3 to 5 inches of snow fell from Green Lake County to Sheboygan County north to Green Bay, said weather service meteorologist Sarah Marquardt in Sullivan. Winds gusted up to 35 mph across southern Wisconsin late Tuesday afternoon, she said.

Cold will settle in behind the system. Wednesday’s highs are forecast to reach only the teens statewide.


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The overturned propane tanker can been seen at the scene of an accident that left three people dead on Highway 51 near Harshaw on Tuesday. Dean Hall of the Lakeland Times took the photograph.
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