By Shereen Siewert

Several people suffered severe injuries Monday after a crash between a car and a semi tractor trailer on Hwy. 29 in Shawano County, officials said.

The crash was reported at about 9:30 p.m. in the town of Richmond.

A preliminary investigation shows a 21-year-old Waunakee man was driving a car with four people inside when he tried to cross Hwy. 29 in front of an eastbound semi. The semi was driven by a 33-year-old Wausau man, police said.

Several people were thrown from the car and were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

There’s no word on their current condition. It is not clear whether the semi driver was injured in the crash.

Police say alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

No names were immediately released.