Updated at 2:30 p.m. on October 14, 2017
The Brillion News
TOWN OF HOLLAND – A fiery traffic crash just before 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, closed State 57/32 from the Brown-Calumet county line at Man-Cal Road, north to Brown County Z for nearly 11 hours.
The crash killed a 33-year old Appleton area man, Samuel R. Kuehl, who grew up and worked in Brillion.
According to the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion, services for Kuehl will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 11 a.m. at the Brillion Community Church, 821 Fairway Drive. The Rev. Sam Timm will officiate. Visitation will take place on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion, and then on Thursday at church from 9 to 10:30 a.m.n lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for the Brillion Athletic Associations new baseball diamond. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com
The crash involved a dump truck and a car, and both vehicles were in flames. The car, driven by Kuehl, came to rest just south of Wayside-Holland Road. The truck stopped about a quarter mile to the south.
The deceased was driving the car. The driver of the burning truck, Gregory G. Warden of Greenleaf, also 33, got out in time to save his life. He was taken to the Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, where he was evaluated, treated and later released.
Residents living close by said the crash was followed by at least two explosions that rocked the area. They said the truck exploded after catching fire, likely due to a fuel tank exploding.
Good Samaritans at the scene tried to rescue Kuehl but were unable to reach him.
Deputies believe the car was westbound on Wayside-Holland Road and failed to stop for the stop sign at State 57/32 and collided with the southbound truck.
Brown County Sheriff’s Department is doing an accident reconstruction investigation, according to officers at the scene.
The crash drew more than a dozen Brown County deputies, as well as officers from the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department and the Hobart-Lawrence Police Department, Hollandtown Fire-Rescue Department, Greenleaf Fire Department and County Rescue Services.
The photo accompanying this story is of firefighters spraying the burned out remains of a truck with water.