Wrong-way Driver Killed in Shawano Co. Accident

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATED: Tue 11:25 AM, Sept 3, 2013

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) -- A Menasha man who was wanted in connection with a domestic disturbance has died after his speeding SUV slammed head-on into a semi truck and burst into flames.

Deputies say 35-year-old Keith L. Carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene. The collision happened Tuesday about 12:45 a.m. at Highway 29 in Shawano County.

While deputies were investigating the crash, Menasha police were looking for Carpenter on a report of a domestic disturbance a few hours earlier.

Witnesses say Carpenter's SUV turned off its lights moments before slamming into the semi.

The collision resulted in a large spill of diesel fuel. The SUV caught fire and burned until fire officials put it out.

Highway 29 was closed for about six hours in both directions.

ORIGINAL STORY: Tue 10:03 AM, Sept 02, 2013

One person has died after a two-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning in Shawano County.

According to the Sheriff's Department, a SUV was traveling the wrong way on Highway 29 when it struck a semi. The SUV caught fire and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened just after midnight near Highway 160, which is near Pulaski.

The driver of the semi was injured, but his injuries are not believed life threatening.

That portion of Highway 29 was closed for several hours, but has now reopened.

The victim's name will not be released until family has been notified.

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