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Investigation continues after teen steals van and slams into SUV


MENOMONIE, WI (WTAQ) - An investigation continues in western Wisconsin, where a stolen van driven by a 14-year-old boy slammed into an oncoming SUV just south of Menomonie.

Dunn County authorities said the boy stole the van in Durand from a man he knew. And he and four other people drove to the Menomonie area, where the crash occurred Monday night on Highway 25.

Sheriff’s officials said they believed the 14-year-old had just taken the wheel about a quarter-mile before the crash, and was apparently trying to set the cruise control.

Witnesses said the van swerved back and forth before it hit the oncoming SUV head-on.

The SUV driver and all 5 people in the van went to hospitals in Menomonie and Rochester Minnesota.

A 15-year-old Durand boy and a 24-year-old Durand woman were both taken to local hospitals before being transferred to Rochester with serious but not life-threatening injuries. None of the five people in the van had driver’s licenses – and officials believe the woman and another adult may have had their licenses suspended.

Three of the five people in the van were sitting unrestrained on the floor, where the rear seats were taken out. And officials said a stove in the rear of the van helped make the injuries worse than they would otherwise have been.