West Salem teen dies in tragic accident, community rallies to support family

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) — A West Salem teen has died following a watercraft accident on the Mississippi River on Tuesday.

A letter to parents from the West Salem School District identified the teen as Marley Tauscher. who had just finished her freshman year at West Salem High School. According to the letter, Tauscher was on the cross-country and soccer teams at the school.

Rescue crews responded at 1:29 p.m. to a jet ski accident on the west channel of the Mississippi River in La Crosse County.

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Four people and two jet skis were involved, according to the Wisconsin DNR.. No information has been given about the condition of the three survivors.

The incident is under investigation by the Wisconsin DNR. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Tauscher’s family.

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