A two-vehicle collision occurred at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the town of Clinton, according to Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears.
Colby J. Wyman, 19, of rural La Farge was driving a car westbound on County Highway D, just west of Hall Road, as Emanuel C. Hershberger, 69, of rural Westby was operating a horse-drawn buggy. Hershberger had just entered the roadway by making a right (westbound) turn from a private driveway along the north side of the roadway ahead of the Wyman. Hershberger traveled about 200 feet west before he was struck in the rear by the Wyman vehicle.
Wyman said he had attempted to stop, but due to the extreme cold and hard-packed snow, his brakes locked. There was an uninvolved, oncoming (eastbound) vehicle beside the buggy when the collision occurred.
Hershberger sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment. The Westby First Responders, the La Farge Fire Department, and the La Farge Ambulance assisted at the scene.
The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.