- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

SHARON, Wis. (AP) - A semi-truck crashed into a pickup truck that apparently failed to yield, and a sport utility vehicle was then hit as well, killing four people and injuring four others in southern Wisconsin, authorities in Walworth County said.

The preliminary investigation determined that the semi-truck was headed north on Highway K in Sharon Township about 11:45 a.m. Saturday when the pickup truck failed to yield at a stop sign, the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office said. The semi crashed into the pickup truck’s passenger side, and an SUV was also hit.

Three of the four people inside the pickup were killed and the other was critically injured. One person inside the SUV was killed and the other was hospitalized with critical injuries. The two people inside the semi-truck were injured, the sheriff’s office said.

No names were released pending the notification of family members.

Jill Carnegie, who operates Valley of the Kings wildlife sanctuary just east of the crash site, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that a motorcyclist was killed at the intersection last May, also because he ignored a stop sign on Townhall Road and was hit by a semi-truck.

“We see people blow that stop sign all the time,” she said.

Carnegie said, though, that she was surprised that the pickup truck was heading east. She said westbound drivers are more apt to miss the stop sign and not notice southbound traffic because of foliage from a tree nursery on the intersection’s northeast corner.

The accident remains under investigation.

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