TOWN OF WILLARD (RUSK COUNTY), Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Three people are dead after a crash Saturday afternoon in Rusk County.

The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office said that the two-vehicle crash happened on Highway 27 south of Broken Arrow Road in the Town of Willard, or about eight miles south of Ladysmith, at about 3:23 p.m. Saturday.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a release that first responders found two vehicles in the roadway and ditch after they had collided. Two people were found dead at the scene and a third, a man, was taken to Marshfield Medical Center in Ladysmith and was flown to another facility where he died.

Highway 27 was closed in both directions from 3:27 p.m. until 8:47 p.m., or over five hours, as the crash was investigated.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 715-532-2200. Names are being withheld pending family notification and investigation by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol and Rusk County Medical Examiner’s Office.