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UPDATE: Names released in fatal Portage County crash


UPDATE: The Portage County sheriffs department has released the names of the two victims of Monday night's crash on Highway 66 in Linwood.

The deceased are motorcycle driver 21-year-old Alexander Reeder of Wisconsin Rapids and his passenger 20-year-old Katherine Axlen of Mukwonago. They were both seniors at UW-Stevens Point.

An accident report says an oncoming minivan made a turn into a private driveway in front of the motorcycle. The van driver has been identified as Sheila Schulfer of Linwood. She and a passenger were uninjured.

Sheriffs investigators say alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

These are the first traffic fatalities of 2014 in Portage County.


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TOWN OF LINWOOD, Wis. (WSAU) -- Two people are dead after a car and motorcycle crash southwest of Stevens Point.

Officials say the crash happened around 5 pm on Highway 66 near County Highway PP in the town of Linwood. Two of the people involved in the crash were declared dead at the scene, but no further information is being released at this time.

The accident closed down Highway 66 for several hours. State and county officials are now investigating the crash.

More information will be released later this morning.