UPDATE: Trucker And Passenger Perish In Icy Grave After Plummeting Off Of Bridge
UPDATE: (February 22) – Authorities have now identified the second victim in the fatal Mirror Lake tractor-trailer accident earlier this week as 24-year-old Devenna Patterson of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Patterson was killed along with 39-year-old Timothy Green, also of Elizabethtown, on Monday when their big rig slid off of I-90/94 and plummeted into Mirror Lake.
A Facebook follower of Transportation Nation Network, Matthew Banfield, posted a picture of himself along with the Pattersons, whom he said were his friends. In his heartfelt message he wrote, “great people, they shall be extremely missed…”
Police have still not yet released their findings as to the cause of the accident. However, witnesses said the bridge was slick at the time of the crash. Police have since reminded motorists to proceed with extreme caution along this dangerous stretch.
Sauk County, Wisconsin – The driver of a semi that slid off of I-90/94 and plummeted into Mirror Lake on Sunday has now been identified as 39-year-old Timothy Green, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol (WSP).
The Sauk County Dive Team has also recovered a second victim from the tragic icy scene. A female was found in Mirror Lake near the cab of the truck at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Monday, according to WSP. An autopsy is expected to be performed on the woman today (Tuesday) to positively identify her.
Authorities were called to the scene at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning after a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound slid off of the slick roadway, crashing through the guardrail just north of the Mirror Lake bridge on I-90/94 at mile marker 91 and into the frigid lake below.
Lake Delton and Sauk County EMS crews were called to the scene and discovered the tractor-trailer submerged in the freezing water. Rescuers immediately began working to save whoever they could, but the operation quickly became a recovery effort as hope for survival for the truck’s occupants dimmed.
The semi-truck and trailer were recovered by Sunday afternoon along with Green’s body. Crews continued searching for the passenger, but reported difficulty due to challenges with visibility and worsening weather conditions.
The recovery effort had to be suspended until Monday when divers were able to successfully recover the female passenger. Officials later confirmed Green’s identity on Monday also.
WSP is conducting an investigation into what led to the fatal crash, but so far has not released much information about its findings. Local news outlet, WMTV, reports a similar fatal accident involving a semi-truck occurred at almost the exact location on January 17, 2011.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to bring you the latest developments on this story.