A two vehicle accident occurred at approximately 1:24am on the morning of April 12th 2019. The accident occurred on State Highway 35 in the Town of Bergen approximately two miles north of Stoddard, WI.

A southbound vehicle driven by Brett M Lowen of LaCrosse,WI attempted to pass a vehicle and struck the northbound vehicle driven by Awoume K. Tete of Iowa City, IA. The two vehicles struck nearly head-on. Lowen’s vehicle continued south for approximately 100 yards and eventually came to rest in the ditch. Tete’s vehicle came to rest in the ditch after impact.

Awoume Tete had to be extricated out of the vehicle by the Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department and was transported to Gundersen Health Systems with injuries. Tete was wearing his seatbelt. Lowen was able to get out of the vehicle on his own but was complaining of leg pain and transported to Mayo Hospital for treatment. Lowen was also wearing his seatbelt.  Airbags were also deployed in both vehicles. Lowen was later released and arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated causing an Injury.

Assisting the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office was the LaCrosse County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol, Stoddard-Bergen Fire Department, Stoddard-Bergen EMS, and Tri-State Ambulance.