2 Dead, 5 Injured in Grafton Area Crash on I-43

GRAFTON, Wis. (AP) -- A holiday weekend has turned tragic for a number of families in Wisconsin, as traffic accidents have taken their toll on state roadways.

In Ozaukee County, a car went out of control on Interstate 43, crossed a median, went under cable barriers and smashed into a northbound sports utility vehicle, killing two people and injuring five others.

Four teens were in the car, and two of them died. The Ozaukee County Sheriff's Department identifies the victims as 16-year-old Kathryn Zoromski of rural Grafton and 17-year-old Brandon Melichar of rural Port Washington.

Zoromski's brother, Drew, tells Milwaukee station WTMJ-TV he was at a friend's house when he saw a TV news report about yesterday's crash. He tried to contact his sister, who was driving to get lunch with some friends after cheerleading practice at Grafton High School.

When she never answered her cell phone, he knew something was wrong. He says it's a heartbreaking loss.

Two other teens in the car and three people in the other vehicle are hospitalized with injuries.

The deadly accident on Interstate 43 happened in the same area where fatal crashes caused the state to spend more than half a million dollars on cable barriers.

Those barriers were extended in the median, to prevent vehicles from veering across and into the oncoming traffic. Those type of accidents had killed six people in less than a year before the cables were installed a year ago.

But officials say the car that crossed the median yesterday still managed to veer into oncoming traffic, because when it went across the median it went under the cables.