Iowa City Man Hospitalized in Head-on Collision

VERNON COUNTY, WI (Ben Caxton) — An Iowa City man had to be extricated from his vehicle following a head-on crash early Friday morning in Vernon County. The two-vehicle accident happened just before 1:30 AM on State Highway 35 in the Town of Bergen about two miles north of Stoddard. The Sheriff’s Office reports that a southbound vehicle driven by 19-year-old Brett Lowen of LaCrosse was attempting to pass a vehicle when he struck a northbound car driven by Awoume Tete of Iowa City. The two vehicles struck nearly head-on. Lowen’s vehicle continued south for approximately 100 yards and eventually came to rest in the ditch. Tete’s vehicle came to rest in the ditch after impact. After Tete was extricated by the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department he was transported to Gundersen Health Systems for treatment of his injuries. Lowen was able to get out of the vehicle on his own but was complaining of leg pain and transported to Mayo Hospital for treatment. Lowen was later released and then arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated causing an Injury.

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