Forum staff reports, Published January 02 2014
Woman killed after car crashes through iceLa CROSSE, Wis. - A Woodbury, Minn., woman was killed early New Year’s Day after her vehicle crashed into the Mississippi River in La Crosse.
Police on Thursday identified the woman as Ellen Marie Ahmann, 21, who was attending Winona State University. La Crosse police Sgt. Randy Rank said Ahmann was working in La Crosse.
A news release said police and firefighters were called at 1:27 a.m. Wednesday for a possible vehicle in the river.
A city transit worker had witnessed tire tracks going off the road, down a steep embankment and out onto the ice, where a vehicle was seen falling through a hole in the river.
Authorities deployed underwater cameras and found the vehicle submerged in about 6 to 8 feet of water. The vehicle, containing the lone occupant, was removed from the water Wednesday afternoon.
An autopsy was expected to be performed Friday.