1 dead, 2 seriously hurt in Polk County crash that left section of Highway 63 temporarily closed

A person is dead and two others are injured after a crash involving a tanker carrying diesel fuel in Wisconsin on Wednesday evening.

Polk County officials responded to the intersection of State Highway 63 and 60th Avenue on a report of a crash north of the Village of Clear Lake around 4:55 p.m.

An initial investigation indicated a westbound vehicle on 60th Avenue crashed into a northbound semi tanker truck on Highway 63 after the driver of the vehicle didn’t stop for a stop sign.

The tanker, which contained diesel fuel and gasoline, overturned in a ditch, according to Polk County officials.

The driver of the vehicle was flown to a hospital, where they later died. On Tuesday, authorities identified her as 34-year-old Alexis Steinberger of Clear Lake.

Meanwhile, one of the passengers in that vehicle was flown to Amery Hospital and is currently in critical condition. A second passenger was driven to that same hospital, where they are in stable condition.

The driver of the tanker wasn’t serious injured, Polk County authorities add.

A leak from the tanker carrying fuel was contained, however Highway 63 was closed overnight as officials worked to pump out fuel from the tanker and treat a minor spill.

At least nine separate agencies responded to the crash, including nearby fire departments that assisted with the fuel containment.