Names Of Deceased Released In Fatal Genoa Collision

On Tuesday, April 27, at approximately 7:24A.M., the Vernon County Sheriff’s 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting a two-vehicle head-on collision that had taken place on State Highway 56 near County Highway K in the town of Genoa.

According to reports, a 2007 Ford Escape was traveling westbound on Highway 56 when a turkey struck the front of the vehicle, causing the driver to lose control. The vehicle skidded into the ditch before traveling back across the centerline, striking a 2011 Dodge pickup head-on as it was traveling in the eastbound lane.

Both occupants in the 2007 Ford Escape were extricated from the vehicle and pronounced deceased by the Vernon County Coroner’s Office. The driver of the 2011 Dodge pickup, 21-year-old West Salem resident Joshua Dummer, was able to get out of his vehicle and was transported to Mayo Clinic Health Systems of La Crosse to receive treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

Reports indicate that all three parties involved in the collision were wearing their seatbelts during the crash and that airbags were deployed in both vehicles. Names of those involved were withheld from public release until the families of the deceased were able to be properly notified.

At approximately 4:04P.M. on Wednesday, April 28, the names of the deceased were released. 59-year-old Jody Duwe and 10-year-old Nevaeh Niemyjski, both of Genoa, were confirmed as the second and third motor vehicle fatalities of 2021 in Vernon County.

Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office at the scene were the Genoa Fire Department and First Responders, Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance, Vernon County Coroner’s Office, Vernon County Emergency Management, Vernon County Highway Department, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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