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Forum News Service, Published September 08 2013

Car crash seriously injures two infants

HERTEL, Wis. – Two infants were airlifted to a St. Paul hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries in a one-vehicle crash Friday evening in Burnett County in northwest Wisconsin.

Authorities said the 1-month-old boys, as well as a 3-year-old girl, were passengers in a car operated by their mother, a 38-year-old woman from Naples, Fla. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, the Wisconsin State Patrol reported, and charges are pending against the woman.

The patrol said the crash happened just before 6 p.m. Friday on Wisconsin Highway 70 near Hertel. A 2002 Chevrolet Malibu was westbound near Triangle Lane when the driver lost control, slid into the ditch and hit a large tree.

The driver and the three children in the car all were transported to a hospital in Spooner. The two infants then were airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with what the patrol said were life-threatening injuries.

The driver and the other child suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the patrol reported.

The children were riding in the rear seat and were in child safety seats.

The names of those involved in the crash have not yet been released, pending notification of family.