NEENAH - Fond du Lac County authorities continue to investigate a deadly crash involving a car and 12 motorcycles.
Officials say a 59-year-old man from Michigan was killed in Thursday's crash. Nine other people were hurt.
Four crash victims including the car's driver were flown to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.
Three motorcyclists are in critical condition. The driver of the car is in stable condition.
Theda Clark trauma doctors and flight nurses spoke with media Friday afternoon.
Theda Clark trauma medical director Doctor Ray Georgen said the three motorcyclists at Theda Clark suffered severe head and chest injuries.
One even went into cardiac arrest upon arrival to the hospital.
Georgen wouldn't say which motorcyclist went into cardiac arrest but did detail the three's injuries.
He says Doug Williams suffered severe chest, lung and heart injuries and a hip fracture in the crash.
Another, Doug Yonkers, suffered severe head, chest, spine and abdominal trauma.
The third motorcyclist, Eric Vandam, suffered significant lung and abdominal trauma and what Georgen says is a "life threatening extremity injury."
All the motorcyclists were wearing protective gear: helmets and glasses. They were all seasoned riders.
Georgen said wearing the gear probably saved their lives.
"They wore all the protective garb and clothes and helmets you should wear while driving a motorcycle. And there's no doubt in my mind Doctor Sekhar and I have taken care of many, many people involved in motorcycle crashes in our careers," said Georgen. "And if they did not have these protective helmets on and protective gear, I'm sure there would have been more fatalities that would have occurred in this tragic situation that arose yesterday."
"This is bad, just, yeah, but you got to work," said Nina Schaeve, a flight nurse with ThedaStar. "Someone needs you right then and that's your opportunity to do your job."
Schaeve and Flight for Life flight nurse Amy Puls, just two of the flight nurses who treated some of the victims flown to Theda Clark, say the accident scene was difficult to take in.
"You come upon a scene where it looks like a bowling alley with a bunch of bowling pins that are actually motorcycles and putting that aside and just focusing on your patient," said Puls.
Georgen says the crash victims are alive because of correct, quick-thinking decisions that were made on the scene.
He says Thursday's events prove training for such events matter.
"Well it reinforces what we did last week," said Georgen. "I mean, we put on mock-trauma scenarios where we have our staff geared up to deal with things like this. This is a perfect example of why you do these types of things."
Georgen says the three motorcyclists will face some long-lasting effects from the crash, but aren't out of the woods yet and are still fighting for their lives.
He says he doesn't expect them to come out of the intensive care unit for some period of time.
Georgen says the driver of the car suffered severe bruising and facial trauma.
Georgen says a fund to support those of the Muskegon Motorcycle Gang who were injured is being set up at PNC Bank.
He says it should be ready by Saturday.
It's called the MMG Motorcycle Tragedy fund.
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