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Oronoco man killed in Wisconsin crash

Heavy fog contributed to a two car accident in Wisconsin that killed Gordon E. Cariveau, 74, of Oronoco on Monday.
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KINNICKINNIC, Wis. — An Oronoco businessman was killed Monday morning in a two-car crash in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, officials there said.

Gordon Ellis Cariveau, 74, was pronounced dead at Hudson Hospital, where he was taken by River Falls Ambulance. His wife, Yvonne Marie Cariveau, 72, also of Oronoco, was taken to Hudson Hospital with minor injuries, according to information from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were called at 10:55 a.m. to a rural intersection about a mile south of Interstate 94. A witness said an eastbound vehicle driven by 81-year-old James E. Peuse, of Eau Claire, Wis., failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the Cariveaus' van, which was southbound.

The van entered the west ditch and rolled several times, authorities said, coming to rest on its roof in a field. Gordon Cariveau had to be extricated from the vehicle. Both lanes of State Highway 65 were shut down for about three hours to allow for the rescue and clean-up.

Peuse and a passenger in his car, Wyllis M. Peuse, 78, also of Eau Claire, were both taken to River Falls Hospital with minor injuries, the report says.


Both drivers and occupants had their seat belts fastened; there was heavy fog and light rain in the area at the time of the crash.

The Cariveaus have been in the antique business for the past 30 years, according to a website for their business, Antiques Oronoco.

The couple was involved with the first antique mall in Rochester, and were owners of Antiques Rochester, a mall of 25 dealers, until building their facility in Oronoco nearly 25 years ago.

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