2 killed in crash; All lanes on I-41/94 in Racine County closed

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RACINE COUNTY, Wis. — All north and south bound lanes on I-41/94 remain closed at County K in Racine County after a fatal multiple vehicle crash and fire, WITI reports.

The Racine County Medical Examiner’s Office confirms two people have died. Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said those killed were both semi drivers.

Katelynn Planka, a viewer of WGN's Milwaukee sister station WITI, snapped a photo photo of the scene that shows a semi on fire hanging over Kraut Road.

According to WITI, Officials anticipate they will be able to open the interstate again around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Schmaling said several 911 calls placed around 11 a.m. indicated there was a crash, fire and explosions at the scene. The sheriff said it appears those “explosions” were from tires heating up — and then exploding.

Sheriff Schmaling said the investigation shows a semi tractor trailer was traveling southbound when the driver made a lane change. In the process, the semi hit a construction barrier. The semi driver over-corrected and hit the median wall. That median wall was shoved into the northbound lanes of I-94.

Three northbound vehicles hit each other and/or the barriers in their path — and the driver of a northbound semi tractor-trailer made a decision to make a “very evasive maneuver.” He drove off the road — and the semi burst into flames.


Photo credit: Katelynn Planka

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