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Westby student killed in crash

CHASEBURG, Wis. -- A senior-to-be at Westby High School is killed in a crash Sunday afternoon.

Seventeen-year-old Kylie Von Ruden was driving west on Dodson Hollow Road when she lost control of her vehicle on a soft road shoulder, Sheriff John Spears says.

Von Ruden's vehicle went airborne and hit a large tree. The Coon Valley Fire Department used the Jaws of Life to get Von Ruden out of the vehicle.


Von Ruden was taken to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse where she died later from her injuries.

Spears says Von Ruden was wearing a seatbelt, and it does not appear that alcohol, drugs or speed were involved in the crash.

This is Vernon County's eighth fatal crash this year.

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