Two men rush to help at the site of a major crash Monday shortly after it occurred on Highway 44. (Brenda Bentley photo)
Two men rush to help at the site of a major crash Monday shortly after it occurred on Highway 44. (Brenda Bentley photo)

   A 61-year-old Ripon man was involved in a head-on crash Monday evening on Highway 44, halfway between Pickett and Oshkosh.

   Henry A. Wendt of Ripon was reported by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) as not having life-threatening injuries — but the other driver does.

   According to a press release sent out by the DOT, the accident occurred at 5:12 p.m. at Burr Oak Road on Highway 44.

   “A 1998 Pontiac Bonneville driven by a 35-year-old male from Oshkosh was eastbound on Highway 44 when it crossed the centerline and collided with a 2001 Ford Excursion driven by a 61 year old male from Ripon,” according to the DOT press release. “The driver of the Pontiac was transported to Theda Clark Hospital by Theda Star Flight for Life with life-threatening injuries. 

   “The driver of the Excursion [who was from Ripon] was transported to Mercy Medical Center by Oshkosh Fire and Rescue with non-life threatening injuries.”

   Jerimiah J. Hamilton of Oshkosh still was listed as having life-threatening injuries in a Tuesday afternoon release.

   The crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol, which is reconstructing the crash.

   Responding to the incident were the Winnebago County Sheriffs Department, Utica Fire Department and First Responders, and Nekimi Fire Department.