At Least 2 Dead In Fiery Semi Crash Along I-94
UPDATE: At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Racine County officials confirmed the two deceased in the tractor-trailer crash this morning along I-94 are truck drivers.
Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said the crash happened when a southbound tractor-trailer lost control after making a lane change and over-correcting.
The big rig then hit the median wall, causing it to give way and be pushed into the northbound lanes.
Three passenger vehicles hit the wall and a northbound tractor-trailer swerved right to avoid a collision.
The tractor-trailer then plunged about 30 feet off the right side of the highway and onto East Frontage Road where it exploded and was engulfed in flames, according to investigators.
The identities of the deceased have not yet been released.
Stay with TransportationNation.com for the latest developments.
Racine County, Wisconsin – Officials have confirmed at least two people have died from injuries suffered in a fiery semi-truck crash Wednesday morning along I-94.
Multiple local news outlets are reporting that a semi was operating southbound at approximately 11 a.m. when the the driver lost control.
The big rig then jumped the median, caught fire and exploded.
At least two other vehicles were set on fire as well, according to witnesses at the scene.
The accident happened near Mount Pleasant, about 24 miles south of Milwaukee, according to officials.
Multiple people have been sent to area hospitals in critical condition with burns and broken bones.
According to ABC7, witnesses said they heard what they described as an explosion and seeing a mushroom cloud of smoke.
Both northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 94 are completely closed from Highway 20 to Highway G.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Transportation Nation Network will monitor new information as a press conference from local officials is expected Wednesday afternoon.
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(Image courtesy of Katelynn Planka)