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UPDATE: Highway closed after deadly washout

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UPDATE: The highway connecting Iowa to Wisconsin in the northeast corner of the state is still closed for emergency repairs. Tuesday morning, part of the road connecting Lansing to Crawford County Wisconsin washed out, due in part to high water. Crews hope to have the road back open by tomorrow. 

59-year-old James Walleser was killed as a result of the washout. 


UPDATE: The Crawford County Sheriff's Department says 59-year-old James Walleser of Lansing is the person who died in a crash after a washout along Highway 82.The Crawfod County Sheriff says they got a 911 call just before 4:30 a.m. of a car falling into it. It took them about two hours to pull the car out of the river, and that's when they found the driver dead. 

Police say Walleser was driving eastbound when he drove over the washed out part of the road before the sun rose this morning (around 4:22 a.m.). His car then fell into the Mississippi River and became submerged in water. Witnesses about a quarter mile behind Walleser on the road called police after seeing his car fall into the river. Officers say Walleser was headed to work for the day at the time of the crash.

Walleser was pronounced dead at the scene, with an autopsy being performed in Madison today according to officers.

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UPDATE: Authorities tell our sister station in La Crosse (WXOW) that one person is dead in a crash following the washout of a portion of the highway between De Soto and Lansing. 

The Allamakee County Sheriff's Office says Highway 82 is closed for now, starting at Highway 26 in Lansing. The sheriff's office says that includes the Black Hawk Bridge.

A photo posted to social media shows Highway 82 between Lansing and Wisconsin is closed because of a washout.

Watch the video of the scene below: 

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