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Two Semi-Trucks Involved in I-90 Chain Reaction Crash

Anyone who lives in Wisconsin knows that the roads can be treacherous in the winter months. When it snows, drivers need to watch out for reduced visibility, obstacles in the roadway and hidden ice underneath snow. Failure to adjust speed and style of driving for road conditions can result in a serious accident impacting one or more vehicles.

On Tuesday of this week, a van spun out on Interstate 90 west of the Highway 27 exit in Sparta. A semi-truck behind the van slowed in an effort to avoid a collision. However, a second semi-truck then rear-ended the one immediately behind the van. Roughly a dozen cars experienced slide offs or minor accidents while seeking to avoid the collision involving the two semi-trucks.

An ambulance carried the driver of the second semi-truck to Franciscan Skemp hospital where he was treated for non- life threatening injuries.

The eastbound lanes of the interstate were closed from the Bangor exit to the Highway 27 exit in Sparta for more than three hours while crews worked to clear the two large trucks from the roadway.

This accident reminds us that drivers have a right to expect other motorists to be careful and account for the reduced visibility and slippery condition created by snow. This frequently means driving at slower speeds, leaving more space between vehicles and not making sudden moves. Anyone hurt as a result of a chain reaction accident such as this one may be entitled to pursue compensation for injuries incurred in the collision.

Source:, "Semi driver injured in accident that closes I-90 in Monroe County," 11 Jan. 2011

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