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Cause of fatal crash remains unknown

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Gazette staff
March 8, 2011
— Authorities continued investigating Monday the cause of a two-vehicle, head-on crash that killed three adults and injured a 12-year-old Saturday night southwest of Brodhead.

A Brodhead couple, Douglas H. and Cynthia L. Spooner, died in the crash, along with the driver of the other vehicle, Penny L. Sprague, also of Brodhead, according to a death notice sent to the Gazette on Monday. A news release Sunday listed Sprague as living in Juda.


The Spooner's 12-year-old son, Clay, was taken to University Hospital, Madison, with "very serious injuries." Clay's 20-year-old sister, Kaitlin, on Monday said he remains hospitalized in serious condition.


A Facebook page for the family's Spooner Cattle business stated Clay suffered "many facial fractures, a broken femur and a broken wrist."


The crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 11/81 just west of County OK and about five miles southwest of Brodhead, according to the Green County Sheriff's Office.


The Wisconsin State Patrol reported Monday afternoon that an accident reconstruction still was pending, and it remained unclear what may have contributed to the crash. The sheriff's office said no more information was available, but the office did correct the ages of two of the victims.


Preliminary investigations show a vehicle driven by Sprague, 41, crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by Cynthia Spooner, 40.


Sprague and Spooner died at the scene. Douglas Spooner, 40, and Clay Spooner were flown to University Hospital, where Douglas Spooner later died.


Cynthia Spooner was wearing a seatbelt, and it was not clear whether her husband or son were wearing seatbelts. Officials believe Sprague was not wearing a seatbelt.



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