Mom and 5-year-old son sustain serious injuries in Vernon County car accident

The mom, Jennifer Melvin, reported to authorities she fell asleep while driving, lost control of her car and ended up hitting a tree
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Courtesy of Vernon County Sheriff’s Office

TOWN OF CHRISTIANA, Wis. (WKBT) – A mom and her five-year-old son both sustained serious injuries in a car accident in the Town of Christiana early Sunday morning.

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears says the accident happened on County Road P near Lars Hill Road at approximately 3:46 a.m.

The mom, 44-year-old Jennifer Melvin, called the Vernon County Communication Center and told 911 dispatch she got into an accident by striking a tree.

Authorities located Melvin’s car at approximately 4:03 a.m.

Melvin said she fell asleep while driving, lost control of her car and ended up hitting a tree.

Melvin was not wearing her seat belt, and her son, Tucker Nelson, who was in the front passenger side, was not properly fastened in his booster seat.

Both of the airbags deployed immediately when the car hit the tree.

Both Melvin and her son were trapped and had to be released by the Westby Fire Department. They were eventually transported to Gundersen Health System with serious injuries. Nelson was later transported and treated at UW Hospital in Madison.

Spears says Melvin faces possible charges for injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle with a passenger under 16 years old.

The Westby Police Department, Westby Fire Department, Westby First Responders, La Farge First Responders and Tri-State Ambulance all assisted at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.