Iced tea spilled during interstate crash; semi driver arrested

Iced tea spilled during interstate crash; semi driver arrested

A semi driver was arrested after a crash early Friday morning involving two other vehicles and resulting in iced tea being spilled on Interstate 39/90. The highway was closed for about seven hours.

The incident was reported at 12:13 a.m. Friday on eastbound I-39/90 at mile marker 144,  about two miles south of the Beltline exit. The lanes remained closed until about 7:15 a.m.

Investigators said southbound traffic was slowing because of road construction near County Road N when a semi driver in the left lane, Andrew Cox, 29, Onalaska, swerved to the right to avoid a collision with the slower traffic in front of him. His semi jackknifed and the tractor hit the left rear corner of a semi in the right lane. That semi was driven by Swale Sahal, 43, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Cox’ semi also struck the back of a SUV in the left lane driven by Kyle J. Venden, 30, of Edgerton. His semi broke open, spilling a load of Arizona Iced Tea onto the interstate.

Cox suffered non-life-threatening injuries. All three drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Cox was arrested and cited on suspicion of operating while under the influence of a controlled substance and inattentive driving. Venden was cited for operating while suspended.