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Multi-vehicle crash and injuries on Wisconsin Interstate 39-90

Interstates 39 and 90 run through Wisconsin's southern counties, carrying heavily loaded tractor-trailers in addition to travelers, commuters and local traffic. Any accident involving a car and a semitrailer is potentially hazardous for the smaller weighted vehicle - the passenger car.

An accident on I-39/90, involving a semitrailer jackknife and three other motor vehicles, thankfully resulted in only minor injuries. However many injuries, such as soft tissue injuries, can worsen as time passes. The exact nature of the injuries suffered to drivers or passengers in the car and truck accident were not made known.

According to a news report, the accident began as a result of a car, driven by a 36-year-old Janesville woman that improperly merged while southbound on the interstate. The woman's merge into traffic started a chain of events.

The 36-year-old's car and another car swerved into the median. The woman's car continued past the median and into the northbound lane, where her car clipped the back end of the semitrailer, causing her engine to break free. The engine in turn struck another northbound vehicle. The driver of the semitrailer, while trying to avoid further contact with other vehicles, ended up jackknifing his tractor-trailer and landing in the ditch.

The multi-vehicle crash blocked both the northbound and southbound lanes for about an hour and a half during the late morning hours. The 36-year-old driver and four others were treated at local hospitals and released.

The 36-year-old was given a traffic citation. She may also be held liable for the personal injury and damages her negligent driving caused to the other individuals. Even those with so-called minor injuries, can still accumulate a significant medical bill or lose time from work if soft tissue injuries are involved.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, "Four suffer minor injuries in multi-vehicle crash on I-39/90; 1 driver cited," April 3, 2012

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