Wisconsin highway repair sign gets new name

Wisconsin’s Highway Patrol is looking for help finding a sign for a highway repair that has become synonymous with a tragic road accident that killed two people, one of them a young boy.

According to a press release, a Wisconsin Highway Patrol spokesperson said the agency recently received a tip from a motorist who was driving a 2004 Ford Ranger pickup truck with a Wisconsin license plate.

When the driver passed a sign marking the site of the accident, the motorist allegedly struck a large truck that was stopped on a shoulder.

The pickup driver and a female passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital and remains in the hospital recovering.

A similar accident occurred on the same road in December, causing a traffic fatality.

State officials say they want to remind motorists that the highway repair signs are there for safety, not for political purposes.

“The Highway Patrol and the Department of Transportation are working closely with local authorities to make sure that they know what signs and information is needed,” Highway Patrol spokesman Chris Brown said in the press release.

“We are working to ensure that everyone understands what signage is needed in Wisconsin.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.