By Terry Kovarik
State Highway 57 north of Bechtel Road in the Town of Jacksonport was closed for several hours Tuesday following a fatal two-vehicle crash. The Door County Sheriff’s Department says a bulk fuel tanker was struck by a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup, 90-year-old Thomas J. Rondeau of Jacksonport, died at the scene. Chief Deputy Pat McCarty says the crash happened as the tanker was making a scheduled delivery.
The driver of the tanker, 59-year-old Thomas Kacszmarek of Sturgeon Bay was not injured. Traffic was detoured while a Wisconsin State Patrol accident reconstruction team investigated the crash site. The Door County Highway Department diverted traffic and cleaned up a small quantity of fuel that spilled from the tanker. The accident remains under investigation and the sheriff’s department says speed and alcohol do not appear to have contributed to the fatal accident.