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Crash launches boat on pavement Sunday


MERRILL, WI (WSAU) -  An unusual traffic crash in Lincoln County reminds us that vehicles handle differently when towing trailers. 

The Sunday evening crash involved a truck towing a boat driven by 37-year-old Matthew Poreda of Illinois and a car driven by 51-year-old Steven Ott from Merrill. Lincoln County deputies say Poreda’s truck and trailer lost control and he began to swerve, which caused Ott to strike the fishtailing trailer.

The boat came off the trailer on impact, and skidded down the road.  The crash happened near Mill Road and Joe Snow Road in the Town of Scott at 6:41 p.m. Both drivers received minor injuries, but their vehicles are badly damaged.