SHAWANO COUNTY - Shawano County sheriff’s officials have released more details about a fatal crash that shut down Hwy. 29 for about six hours Tuesday morning.
Around 12:45 a.m., deputies say they received a report of a two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 29 at Hwy. 160 involving a semi and an SUV. Officials say the SUV was headed the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 29 when it hit the semi head-on. Both vehicles ended up in the median, with the semi blocking both westbound lanes. A large diesel fuel spill and debris field closed both eastbound lanes. The SUV started on fire, which firefighters had to put out. Both vehicles were heavily damaged.
The driver of the SUV, 35-year-old Keith L. Carpenter of Menasha, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the semi, a 42-year-old Pulaski man, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. His passenger, a 24-year-old Abrams man, was not hurt.
Witnesses told police that, about two minutes before the crash, they saw a black SUV speeding past the semi, going east. The witnesses also said the driver of the SUV turned off its lights before hitting the semi.
About 40 minutes after the crash, Menasha police put out a call to other police agencies that they were looking for Carpenter and his SUV in connection with a domestic disturbance earlier in the evening.
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