Police ID people involved in fatal accidentSuperior police released the names of those involved in a fatal collision between a pick-up truck and a semi-truck Thursday night at the intersection of North 28th Street and Hill Avenue in Superior.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Superior police released the names of those involved in a fatal collision between a pick-up truck and a semi-truck Thursday night at the intersection of North 28th Street and Hill Avenue in Superior.
Russell Putnam, 82, of Superior died at the scene from injuries sustained, according to a news release from Superior Deputy Chief Matt Markon.
He was in the front passenger seat of the pick-up. The driver of the vehicle, Putnam’s 80-year-old wife Irene, was injured. She was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was listed in good condition Tuesday, according to Essentia Health spokeswoman Kim Kaiser.
The driver of the semi, Donald Plunkett, 49, of South Range wasn’t hurt.
The Putnams were in a pick-up headed north on Hill Avenue between Superior High School and Mariner Mall. Reports indicate the smaller vehicle made a left turn onto North 28th Street in front of the semi-truck, which was traveling southbound on Hill Avenue. The collision occurred at about 5:30 p.m. The semi-truck was not loaded, according to Markon.
Crews were on the scene for about two hours Thursday. The incident remains under investigation by the Superior Police Department with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol. There is no indication alcohol or speed were factors in the crash, Markon said.
Services for Putnum include visitation 5-8 p.m. Thursday and the funeral 11 a.m. Friday at Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N. 19th St.