Police say alcohol and speed likely factors in fatal rollover that killed Pardeeville man Tuesday

January 16, 2019

CAMBRIA — A 25-year-old rural Pardeeville man died early Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle rollover crash — Columbia County’s first traffic fatality for 2019.

Officials of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office have identified the victim as Brauke A. Andrus. Sheriff Roger Brandner said Andrus was alone in the pickup truck he was driving when the rollover occurred.

Authorities were notified at about 6:09 a.m. of a possible rollover at Columbia County Highway B and Kuehn Road in the town of Springvale, south of Cambria. Deputies said Andrus was ejected from the vehicle, and officials of the Columbia County Medical Examiner’s Office pronounced him dead at the scene.

Brandner said an investigation into the rollover is continuing, but initial investigation indicates that speed, safety equipment and alcohol all were likely factors.

Although the National Weather Service had warned of spotty incidents of freezing rain and black ice, Brandner said weather did not appear to have played a role in this crash.

In addition to the medical examiner’s office, other agencies that assisted at the scene included the Cambria Fire Department, Cambria Emergency Medical Service, Wisconsin State Patrol and Blystone’s Towing.

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