68° F
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy

One driver killed in fiery wreck near Platteville

Published On: Dec 12 2012 12:23:00 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 12 2012 04:24:39 PM CST


A driver was killed in a fiery crash near Platteville on Tuesday, authorities said.

At 3:35 p.m., the Grant County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 151 and County O.

The sheriff’s department said Courtney Yuskis, 31, of Des Moines, Iowa, was driving a southbound on Highway 151 in a 2012 Ford Taurus when the driver of the 1996 Dodge Dakota pulled onto 151 from County O.

According to the initial report, Yuskis struck the Dakota in the driver’s side door causing the Dakota to roll onto its side in the median.

Three citizens -- including a Cuba City volunteer fire fighter -- stopped to assist the driver of the Dakota out of the truck. As the three were attempting to remove the windshield to pull the trapped driver out, the truck caught fire. The three onlookers were not able to free the trapped driver, the sheriff said.

Yuskis was transported to Southwest Health Center by Platteville EMS for minor injuries, according to the report.

The Grant County coroner pronounced the Dakota driver dead at the scene.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday identified the driver who died as Dennis Novinski, 82, of Blanchardville.

Sheriff's officials said an autopsy determined that Novinski died before the vehicle started on fire.

Novinski suffered multiple internal injuries caused from the crash, sheriff's officials said.

Chief Deputy Jack Johnson said alcohol and speed were not considered factors in the fatal crash. The sheriff’s department also said both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

According to the report, the car driven by Yuskis is owned by the Meredith Corp.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department said the Platteville Fire Department, Platteville EMS, UW-Platteville Campus Police, Wisconsin State Patrol, Grant County Coroner’s Office, and Donnie’s Tire and Auto of Dickeyville assisted at the scene.

This incident is still under investigation.

  • Scotland independence crowd

    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

    Celebs react to Scotland's independence vote

    On September 18, Scots will go to the polls to vote on the future of their country. The outcome could end Scotland's 307-year union with England and Wales as Great Britain -- and see it launch into the world as an independent nation of some 5.3 million people. Take a look at celebrity (both Scottish and not) reactions to the referendum.

  • Roger Goodell


    The world reacts to NFL abuse scandals

    The NFL has suffered extensive backlash in their handling of both the Ray Rice domestic abuse and Adrian Peterson child abuse cases. Take a look at reactions to the recent NFL abuse scandals.

  • Police lights file 2

    Ridiculous 911 calls

    Have you ever considered calling 911 because of a massive spider in your house? How about because a McDonald's employee got your order wrong? Take a look at some of the strangest reasons people have recently called 911.