- A section of Interstate 94 was closed.
- Residents were instructed to stay at home.
- Conditions for driving can be dangerous due to freezing rain or temperatures in the low to middle 20s.
Thursday morning saw dozens of vehicles crash on an icy stretch in northwest Wisconsin.
Cars and semitrailers, including one that caught on fire, were left in tangled piles near Interstate 94 in Jackson County in Wisconsin.
According to a joint news release by the Wisconsin State Patrol (Wisconsin Department of Transportation), no one was hurt or killed.
Many reports of vehicles being jack-knifed, crashed, and other incidents were reported to emergency crews. Local media reported that the pileup involved more than 100 vehicles.
The crashes included one at approximately 5:45 AM CST. A multi-vehicle accident near mile marker 95 in Jackson County set a semi on a fire in the median and left two passenger cars underneath.
A portion of the highway was still closed in both directions as traffic was being diverted.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office there were two crashes on the east and westbound side.
“There is an accident involving many vehicles in both directions Northfield to Osseo or Osseo (to Northfield),” the sheriff’s department posted to Facebook on Thursday morning. “Emergency vehicles should be able get to the scene.”
At 8:40 AM CST, all roads in the county were iced and slippery. Residents were asked not to go.
According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, there were a lot of run-offs and crashes that occurred before the news release was issued. investigated Between mile markers 37-97.
Later, the agency stated that a section of the road was closed at exits 88 eastbound to 115 westbound because of “a multi-vehicle crash involving a variety of semi-tractor trailers as well as passenger vehicles.”
Two days before Christmas, when roads are the busiest of year, traffic was jammed for miles.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation there were also ice-covered roads throughout the region.
Hazardous driving conditions were created by light freezing rain and temperatures in low to mid 20s.
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