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UPDATE: Services set for man who died in Lansing bridge washout

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The hole on state Highway 82 has been re-filled, and the road, reopened. Its a major relief to many who use the roadway everyday between Iowa and Wisconsin.

On Tuesday, high water from the nearby Mississippi River in Lansing, caused the road to collapse, leaving one man dead.

The victim, 59-year-old James Walleser of Lansing, was headed to work. Officials say as he was on the Wisconsin side on the highway, when his Jeep fell into the river.

His truck went under water and he died at the scene.

This not only a tragedy, but the road closure was inconvenient to drivers in the area. The detour going both ways is about 30 minutes.

Crews worked tirelessly to fill the hole ahead of their initial time frame, which was several weeks.

As for Walleser, the Crawford County sheriff says he died as a result of drowning, according to this autopsy.

His funeral services are being held this weekend in Lansing.



Highway 82, closed after a deadly washout earlier this week, is set to reopen this morning.

Lansing Mayor Mike Brennan says he's been told by both the Wisconsin DOT and Crawford County that the road is set to reopen at 11 a.m.

Dennis Pelock, Crawford County Highway Commissioner, confirms, saying they are just wrapping up the painting of the road.

The highway was closed Tuesday after a portion of it washed away, causing one man to die.

The sheriff says autopsy results show James Walleser died as a result of drowning after his car went off the road when part of Highway 82 collapsed.

According to the obituary, Walleser's visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 2 at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Lansing Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before Mass at the church on Saturday.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Lansing, Iowa with Rev. John Moser as the Celebrant. 

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