Seven businessmen who took the day off to go ice fishing were killed Wednesday when their van was smashed by a lumber truck in a chain-reaction accident on an icy highway.
Two others in the van were injured seriously.
The collision, which occurred just before daybreak, crushed the roof of the van, which was carrying five men who worked at a suburban Milwaukee medical consulting business and four business associates. Three of the dead worked for Professional Management of Milwaukee Inc., including company President Andrew T. Malloy Jr., 57.
“We’re in a state of shock. This is undoubtedly the biggest tragedy any of us has ever encountered,” said company co-founder Mel Schulz.
The group was headed for Green Lake, a popular winter fishing destination about 80 miles from Milwaukee.
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