A fatal accident occurred Friday afternoon near Sparta.  Monroe County Sheriff Pete Quirin said, “About 12:45pm a two-vehicle head-on collision one mile north of Sparta on Highway 27 resulted in the death of a 53-year old man.  The man was driving a small pickup and a 52-year old woman was driving a 4-door sedan.  The man was found deceased at the scene.  The woman was medically transported to a Sparta hospital and then med-flown to a Marshfield hospital.  Traffic on Highway 27 was blocked and diverted for 2 ½ hours Friday afternoon from Cataract to Sparta.”