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- Authorities said one man was dead and another suffered life-threatening
injuries in a town of Westport crash early Saturday.

The Dane County
Sheriff's Office said a deputy discovered a fatality crash scene at 1:43 a.m.
off Highway 19 and Walter Drive.

According to the
report, a 26-year-old man was driving a 2004 Acura eastbound on Highway 19 and
missed the curve at Walter Drive. The Acura left the roadway, struck a mailbox
and tree and came to rest in a farm field. The driver had to be extricated from
the car.

He was flown to UW
Hospital by Med Flight with life-threatening injuries, the sheriff said. He had
been wearing a seat belt. 

A front-seat
passenger, a 28-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to
the report. He had not been wearing a seat belt. The car's airbags did deploy.

Highway 19 was closed
between Highway I and River Road until about 6:30 a.m., authorities said.

The sheriff's
department said alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.
The incident remains under investigation.

The names of the
driver and passenger were not released Saturday morning pending notification of
next of kin, the sheriff's department said.

Sheriff: Alcohol likely factor in crash that killed passenger Saturday, March 22 2014, 03:43 PM CDT

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