A pickup truck collided with a horse-drawn vehicle Monday night, Jan. 29, in town of Greenwood in rural Hillsboro, according to Vernon County Sheriff Roy Torgerson. 

The Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch Center received the call shortly after 9 p.m. The pickup truck was traveling southeast on Kolash Road, near County Highway C, and collided with the horse-drawn vehicle traveling the opposite direction. The horse-drawn vehicle was occupied by a family of five, and the crash resulted in serious injuries. 

Hillsboro Area Ambulance transported three patients to Gundersen St. Joseph’s in Hillsboro. Richland County EMS transported the remaining two patients to Richland Hospital, and two of the patients were later transferred to the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital in Madison. 

The operator of the pickup truck, Bruce P. Donlan, 63, of rural Hillsboro was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated – causing injury. Donlan is being held pending a bail hearing in Vernon County Circuit Court, and formal charges will be sought through Vernon County District Attorney Angela Palmer-Fisher. 

The crash remains under active investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, and more information may be released later. 

Assisting at the scene were the Yuba Fire Department, Yuba First Responders, Hillsboro Area Ambulance, Richland County EMS, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsboro Police Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol Technical Reconstruction Unit.