Skid steer ejected in Vernon County 2-vehicle crash

On Monday, January 27 at 12:42 p.m. Vernon County 911 Dispatch received a call about a two-vehicle crash involving a cargo truck and a truck and trailer hauling a skid steer.

According to Vernon County Sheriff John Spears, the incident happened at the intersection of County Highway S and Highway 82. The driver of the cargo truck, Rodney Johnson, 68, failed to yield the right-of-way to a truck pulling a trailer hauling a skid steer. The truck and trailer was driven by Jesse Riffey with passenger Ethan Riffey. The cargo truck struck the back of Riffey’s trailer, causing him to lose control. The skid steer was then ejected and landed in the river.

Johnson was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries Both Ethan and Jesse Riffey were treated and released at the scene.

Highway 82 was closed for about an hour.