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14-car Wisconsin pileup on U.S. 41 prompts shutdown

Ice and snow are being blamed in part for a 14-car pileup that shut down portions of Highway 41 near Lomira in Dodge County. Police were alerted to the massive car accident when a 911 caller reported that he had been hit and spun into another car. Arriving deputies found semi-trucks jackknifed and cars in the ditch. The road was closed for over two hours as officials attempted to clear the wreckage.

Deputies blamed poor visibility in part for the massive accident scene. They noted that due to blowing snow and slick roads from ice buildup, drivers would have little time to stop when they came upon the wreck, and many were traveling too fast for conditions. One deputy described the scene as "white out conditions." The scene was also dangerous for first responders working to help people from their vehicles and direct traffic. Two drivers were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The deputies planned to cite drivers for various traffic infractions after completing the investigation of the scene, but there is no initial word on how many drivers would be cited or the nature of the charges. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, some drivers may have grounds to file a lawsuit for damages.

A personal injury attorney may work with victims of a multi-car pileup to ensure that they protect their rights to recover damages for their injuries. Victims of a car accident may be entitled to payment for the costs associated with their physical injuries as well as their mental anguish or pain and suffering from the wreck.

Source: TMJ 4 News, "14-vehicle crash on U.S. 41; cars 'piled up . . . like a NASCAR race'," Tom Murray, Feb. 19, 2013

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