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One dead and two injured in Wood County crash

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VESPER, Wis. (WSAU) -- A woman died in a two vehicle crash in Wood County Wednesday. Sheriff’s investigators say 96-year-old Ruth Ruder was a passenger in a car driven by 80-year-old Linda Knapp. Ruder died at the scene, and Knapp was flown by Spirit Air Ambulance to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she is hospitalized in critical condition. The driver of the truck was 43-year-old Phillip Vruwink, who received minor injuries.

Deputy Scott Goldberg says Vruwink’s truck was pulling a trailer northbound on County Highway F when it collided with the car at Highway C.

The accident remains under investigation. Officers do not believe alcohol was a factor in this crash.

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