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Reports indicate at least five people killed in Memorial Day weekend crashes

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It's too early for the final figures -- but we know that Wisconsin will have at least as many traffic deaths as a year ago during the Memorial Day weekend.  

Statewide media reports have listed five deaths on the state's roadways between Friday and Monday. That's the same as the number recorded last Memorial Day.  

The DOT said there was an average of 8 traffic deaths over the past five Memorial Day weekends, so there's a still chance the final total will be lower than that.  

The latest reported death occurred in Iowa County in southwest Wisconsin. Authorities said 83-year-old Gerhard Kolb of rural Lyndon Station lost control of his motorcycle on Highway 130 south of Lone Rock. He was thrown from his bike, and he died Monday at a Madison hospital from his injuries.

Also, two people from Eau Claire died when their vehicles struck deer in Jefferson and Eau Claire counties.  

A motorcyclist was also killed in St. Croix County, and a Merrill area man died in a crash in Marathon County.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)