2 people ejected when container truck crashes into overpass

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A container truck accident that ejected both passengers occurred early Friday morning, state traffic officials said.

A container truck was traveling eastbound on I-94 when it struck a Monroe County overpass bridge, according to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol.

The collision caused damage to the bridge itself, and the two occupants were ejected from the truck through the windshield.

The 29-year-old driver from Warrens and a 69-year-old passenger from Sparta were both taken to Tomah Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

According to the release, the passenger suffered life-threatening injuries.

The driver and passenger were not wearing seat belts, officials said. 

Monroe County Highway Department and a State of Wisconsin DOT bridge inspector were inspecting the bridge Friday for travel worthiness and safety, state patrol said.

Wisconsin State Patrol is investigating the crash.