UPDATE: Cell phone use a factor in deadly crash north of Fountain City, officials say

TOWN OF MILTON (WKBT) — Cell phone use was a factor in the crash that left one dead and others critically injured Wednesday, according to officials.

42-year-old Errol Doerr of Fountain City was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident involving three vehicles. Doerr’s vehicle was rear-ended as he attempted to make a left off of Highway 35 onto Henry Lane, putting his vehicle into oncoming traffic. Doerr’s vehicle was struck by oncoming traffic.

According to the release, the driver of the vehicle that rear-ended Doerr, 24-year-old Kaylee Tiffany of Cochrane, looked away from the road at her cell phone before the crash.

Doerr was pronounced dead at the scene. Two occupants in his vehicle, 39-year-old Denise Doerr and 9-year-old Samantha Doerr, were flown to St Mary’s in Rochester with life-threatening injuries.

All others involved were transported to the hospital for medical treatment.

The accident is still under investigation.

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TOWN OF MILTON (WKBT) – One person is dead and three others are seriously injured in a three-car crash near Merrick State Park.

Law enforcement got a 9-1-1 call just before 5 p.m. for a crash on Highway 35, just south of the intersection with Highway 88.

“Two vehicles, we believe, were northbound at the time, and one vehicle was southbound at the time,” said Buffalo County Sheriff Mike Schmidtkneckt.

MedLink Air and Mayo One helicopters were called to the scene to help.

Both lanes were closed for hours on Wednesday evening but re-opened around 10 p.m.

The crash is still under investigation. State Patrol is doing a reconstruction of the scene.

Sheriff Schmidtknecht says he plans to release the names of the victims after families are notified.

Alma Police Department and Ambulance, Tri Community and Fountain City Fire Departments, Fountain City First Responders, Winona, Alma, and Scenic Valley Ambulances all responded to the scene along with the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department.