Boating Crash Fatalities

Five people were injured and two people killed in a boating crash on the Mississippi River near Brownsville south of La Crosse.

Sheriff's officials say the seven people were on a boat that crashed about 6:15 p.m. Saturday just south of Brownsville on the Wisconsin side of the river.

Witness Jim Mauer says he saw the boat hit a concrete pylon marking the river channel. Mauer says he jumped in a boat and pulled three injured people from the river.

WXOW -TV reports others at nearby Wildcat Park and Landing also jumped in boats to assist the injured before first responders arrived. The injured were taken to hospitals in La Crosse.

One of the dead was identified as 56-year-old Diana Lynn Klankowski of Spring Grove. The body of  47-year-old Kevin Lee Hanson of Mable was pulled from the river Sunday....


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