2 killed in crash on interstate after police try locating kidnapping suspect

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Published on April 30, 2019 -

2 killed in crash on interstate after police try locating kidnapping suspect

The Wisconsin of Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation said it is investigating what the agency called "officer involved deaths" following a deadly crash Monday in Columbia County.

Rose Schmidt reports.

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2 killed in crash on interstate after police try locating kidnapping suspect

Thanks for joining us tonight... the state's department of justice is investigating a crash in columbia county that left two people dead.

Authorities say they believe the incident is related to an attempted kidnapping in central wisconsin.

Rose schmidt has been following this story for us...and is here with the details.

New audio is revealing what happened this morning.... as the d-o-j's division of criminal investigation is looking into what it's calling "officer involved deaths."

The wisconsin department of justice says officers were trying to locate a car involved in a kidnapping investigation in marathon county.

Before 8 am deputies first spotted the suspect's vehicle just north of portage... near mile marker 94 on 1-39... according to the portage daily register.

We know that car traveled southbound... and a witness described the car as zooming past him.... the portage paper reports that the car was weaving in and out of traffic... and deputies requested assistance after they couldn't catch up with the vehicle.... as the driver sped past officers at well over 100 miles per hour.

State patrol troopers deployed a stop strip.... the paper reports as the car reached a bridge over the baraboo river it crashed into the back of a semi trailer... doj says the driver and passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

Minutes later... authorities called for the southbound lanes of i-39 to be shut down.... and they were closed for several hours.

The department of justice's investigators will continue collecting evidence... and then they will turn the case over to the columbia county da's office.

I spoke with multiple agencies on the phone about this case and they all reffered me to doj... ... but a spokesperson said she could not give me additional information.

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