By Shereen Siewert

The 67-year-old man who died Tuesday in a crash on Hwy. 51 near Irma has been identified as Thomas Thompson, of Tomahawk.

Police say Thompson was the passenger in a pickup that struck a highway maintenance truck performing snow removal late Tuesday morning in the southbound lanes of Hwy. 51 at Hwy. J.

The 26-year-old driver of the pickup that rear-ended the plow truck was also injured in the crash and was transported to a Wausau hospital for treatment. His name has not been released.

Thompson was transported to Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill, where he was pronounced dead.

The highway maintenance driver also suffered minor injuries in the crash, which remains under investigation.