Police say driver admits to using heroin before crash with tractor

The Dane County Sheriff's Office says the driver of a minivan admitted he used heroin before crashing with a tractor on USH 18/151 Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies responded to the crash at 4:20 p.m., along with Verona and Mt. Horeb police officers. They found a minivan and tractor crashed near Spring Rose Road in the Town of Verona.

The minivan, driven by Jason M. Saleska, 40 of Evansville, was going east when it collided with the back of an eastbound New Holland Tractor, driven by Robert Ray, 55 of Verona. A passenger in the minivan, Heidi Treige, 36 of Belleville, was unresponsive when rescue crews got there.

The sheriff's office says Treige regained consciousness, and was taken by MedFlight to UW Hospital. She is being treated for significant injuries, but is expected to survive. The driver of the tractor had a minor cut to his hand and was treated at the scene.

Saleska was also injured and was taken by ambulance to UW Hospital. He's being treated for minor injuries, deputies say. 

The sheriff's office says deputies found drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the minivan. Saleska allegedly admitted to using heroin before the crash. He now faces criminal charges related to the crash once he's released from the hospital.

Eastbound USH 18/151 was closed for more than four hours. The crash is still under investigation.

For more on this story: http://www.wkow.com/story/35259375/2017/04/26/vehicle-versus-farm-tractor-crash-shuts-down-east-bound-lanes-of-us-18-near-verona

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