UPDATE (WKOW) — All lanes of I-41/94 reopened Thursday morning after a fiery and deadly crash Wednesday morning in Caledonia.
The southbound lanes reopened at Ryan Road at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The northbound lanes reopened overnight between Highway 11 and Highway G. Crews made repairs to the pavement from fire damage.
UPDATE (Associated Press) — Wisconsin authorities say the drivers of two semitrailers are dead after one hit a construction barrier on an interstate and caused a chain reaction that caused explosions and set fire to other vehicles.
Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling says the first semitrailer was southbound on Interstate 94 Wednesday at about 11 a.m. when it hit the barrier, overcorrected and crashed onto a median that separated northbound traffic in southeastern Wisconsin.
That caused three cars to crash. Another semitrailer traveling northbound went into a ditch while trying to avoid hitting those vehicles. Both trailers burst into flames and set other cars on fire.
Schmaling says two people in the cars suffered serious injuries and a third was unharmed.
No names have been released. The investigation is ongoing.
CALEDONIA — At least two people have died in a fiery crash that closed Interstate 41/94 in Racine County Wednesday morning.
Per Michael Payne, Medical Examiner for Racine County, confirmed two deaths.
Multiple people have been sent to area hospitals in critical condition with burn and fracture injuries, according to authorities.
Witnesses told WISN 12 News they heard what they described as an explosion and viewer photos show a burning tractor-trailer rig that tumbled over an overpass.
Other witnesses said they heard what they thought was thunder and saw a mushroom cloud of smoke.
Another caller reported seeing a fireball coming from the burning truck.
Northbound traffic is being forced to exit the highway at County Highway KR on the Kenosha-Racine county border.
Southbound traffic is exiting the highway at County Road G.
511 Wisconsin described the closure as a long-duration event.
Drivers should avoid the area and expect lengthy delays.
There was no word of injuries, according to WISN.
Investigators have not said how many vehicles were involved in the crash, or how it may have happened.