SOMERS — One person is dead following two separate but related Thursday crashes that concluded with a pickup truck bursting into flames at 120th Avenue east of Interstate 94 and north of Highway E.
Authorities with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department initially responded at 5:04 p.m. to a hit-and-run crash at Highway KR, east of I-94, according to Lt. Tom Gilley. He said the driver of a pickup truck had apparently rear-ended another vehicle at that location before fleeing the scene.
“That same truck later crashed in the curve at the East Frontage Road (120th Avenue) north of Highway E,” Gilley said. “Apparently the vehicle struck something and that vehicle became fully engulfed (in flames).”
Fire and rescue units from the Somers Fire Department were called to the scene where they put out the fire. Crews later discovered one person dead inside the vehicle, according to Somers Fire Chief Carson Wilkinson.
Authorities said they have yet to identify the victim involved in the crashes.
In addition to sheriff’s detectives, the county medical examiner was called to the scene where authorities remained for about four hours. Additional information on the incident was not yet available on Friday.
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