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Three injured in rollover crash near Monroe
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MONROE - Three young men were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash southwest of Monroe late Friday, with one airlifted to a Madison hospital.

The crash was reported at about 11:20 p.m. in the W6800 block of Melvin Road, said Green County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Britt Gempeler.

The vehicle was westbound on Melvin Road just east of Honey Creek Road in the Town of Clarno when it left the road, struck a culvert and "overturned several times," he said Saturday morning.

The driver and his two passengers, all between the ages of 24 and 26, are believed to have been ejected from the vehicle, Gempeler said. The initial investigation determined all three weren't wearing their seatbelts. The airbags deployed.

One of the crash victims went to a nearby residence, where the homeowner called 911, according to Gempeler.

In the minutes after the accident was reported, Green County dispatch was calling for assistance with two unconscious patients lying in a field near the crash.

All three men were taken by Green County EMS first to Monroe Clinic and later to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. One was flown by MedFlight helicopter from Monroe to Madison.

High speeds were a contributing factor in the crash, Gempeler said. There are no difficult-to-negotiate curves in the part of Melvin Road where the crash occurred, just a few small hills.

It's a "long, straight road," he said.

Melvin Road was closed for about 11 hours, reopening at roughly 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Monroe police and Monroe firefighters assisted at the scene. The vehicle was severely damaged and towed.

The crash remained under investigation Sunday by the sheriff's office and Wisconsin State Patrol. The sheriff's office is withholding the names of the crash victims until the investigation is complete.

Melvin Road has been the site of several serious accidents over the years, notably a February 2017 crash that killed three Monroe High School students and seriously injured a 35-year-old mother of six. That crash happened on the other side of Wisconsin 69, about 2.8 miles from Friday night's crash. In March 2005, three Black Hawk High School students also died from a crash on Melvin Road. Gempeler said that accident happened at least a mile from Friday's crash.