Semi crash on I-39 near Janesville causes 3-mile traffic backup

Traffic backed up on I-39 near Janesville
Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

JANESVILLE, Wis. — A vehicle crash on I-39 southbound near Janesville caused backups in excess of three miles Tuesday morning, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

WisDOT sent out a traffic alert saying the right lane at mile marker 170 closed Tuesday after a crash happened at 9:30 a.m. The roadway was cleared just after 11 a.m., but WisDOT traffic cameras showed traffic was still backed up as of 11: 10 a.m.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says a semi driver admitted to veering off and hitting a barrier wall. The right lane of the interstate had to be blocked off while crews moved the semi to the shoulder of the road.

A tow company helped take the semi from the scene. The State Patrol says traffic began flowing normally after the semi was removed.