Columbia television station WIS reports that 14 were killed Sunday evening near the border in an accident involving a pickup truck on a rural highway.  The accident was likely caused by tire separation said safety experts.  The truck was apparently carrying 23 before it crashed, killing the 14, while 9 remain hospitalized.

It is not clear yet whether the truck’s tire separation was caused by a manufacturing or design defect, rather than a defect in the tire’s maintenance.  Authorities have yet to name the tire’s manufacturer.

11 people died on the scene, including 2 children. 3 more died at hospitals.  The driver died in the crash, despite the separated tire being on the right.

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