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Victims identified in Highway K crash


TOWN OF MAINE, Wis (WSAU) Marathon County sheriffs deputies are on the scene of a triple-fatal accident on Highway K north of Wausau in the Town of Maine at Decator Drive.   It happened around 8:45 Thursday morning when a vehicle lost control and skidded into oncoming traffic.

The initial vehicle had a driver and three passengers inside. It was struck by an oncoming vehicle, occupied by a driver and a passenger.

The victims have been identified as 34-year-old Roy Kato, his wife 34-year-old Jenny Kato, and their son 13-year-old Joshua Kato. The driver of the second vehicle, Cliff Clendenning, is in critical condition. The 5-year-old daughter of the victims has been treated and released to relatives.

The three fatalities are the driver and two passengers from the initial vehicle. The fourth passenger and the other driver of the other vehicle were taken to Wausau Aspirus Hospital. Their conditions are not known. The victim’s names have not been released.

Poor weather and slippery road conditions are likely factors in the accident. The State Highway Patrol sent an accident reconstruction team to the scene. 

These are the first traffic fatalities in Marathon County in 2013.