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Three killed in fiery crash linked to Middleton High; two were students

The names of the involved drivers are not being released at this time.
Published: Oct. 3, 2021 at 9:15 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2021 at 5:16 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Late Saturday night three people were killed in a fiery car crash in Middleton, south of Mineral Point Rd.

NBC15 has learned all three victims had links to Middleton High School. In a message to families, the MHS Principal Peg Shoemaker and CSCS Principal Jill Gurtner confirmed two were seniors there, while the third was a former student. The letter did not give their names.

The letter said, in part, “our hearts are heavy with this devastating news, and we know the only way we will cope with this grief is to be together.”

Early investigation shows the vehicle containing the three killed was struck from behind by another vehicle causing them to drive off the road into a farm field nearby.

Vince Fumusa was in his backyard when he saw the victim’s car engulfed in flames, heading down the road before it veered off.

“I wasn’t entirely sure it was a car I thought it might even be a small airplane,” Fumusa said.

He ran inside his house and called 911. He then left the cul-de-saq where he lives and saw the car across the street, on fire.

“When the police arrived there were a couple police who went down to the car and started to see if anybody was conscious or could hear them or react to any of their sounds,” he said. “Nothing was happening and at that point the police made sure everyone stayed back from the car for fear it might explode.”

The three people in the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene. The other vehicle ended up west of Mineral Point Rd. in a ditch. The one person in that vehicle was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Famusa says Mineral Point Rd. has become “like the Beltline.”

“Speed limit is 55 but everybody goes 65; the speed limit here [on Mineral Point Rd.] is 45 but most people do more like 50 to 55 so,” Famusa said. “It’s a little bit of a busy, speedy road. The town of Middleton did put a stoplight a couple years ago right at the corner of Pioneer. I think that helped slow things down, but I think it might be time to start thinking about what they can do between pioneer and Timberlane.”

He hopes the city will figure out a traffic pattern to make the road safer.

Dane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, Middleton Fire and EMS, and Madison Fire all responded to the crash, which caused the Mineral Point Road to be closed for around seven hours.

The names of the involved drivers are not being released at this time.

correction: The spelling for Vince Fumusa was originally spelled incorrectly and has since been updated.

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