Motorcyclist killed in crash with semi carrying thousands of gallons of whey

TOWN OF MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. - A motorcyclist was killed Tuesday morning in a crash on Highway 69 near Monticello.

Monticello fire Chief Kevin Komprood said the motorcyclist was heading south on Highway 69 when he collided. The crash took place at 6:28 a.m. with a semitractor near Gutzmer Road in the town of Mount Pleasant. The semi was carrying whey.

The motorcyclist, a 54-year-old Mount Horeb man, was pronounced dead at the scene, Komprood said. The driver of the semi, a 56-year-old man from Rock City, Illinois, had to be extricated and was taken to the hospital by Green County EMS with non-life-threatening injuries, the Green County Sheriff's Office said.

Komprood said he was not aware of whether law enforcement officers had determined fault in the crash as of Tuesday morning. 

"Somebody came over the center line," he said.

Officials said the names of the people involved were withheld Tuesday pending notification of family members.

Nearly 6,000 gallons of whey were spilled in the ditch, the sheriff's office said. 

Komprood said officials were able to contain the whey before it entered Burgy Creek, and the Department of Natural Resources has cleared the scene.

Highway 69 was detoured for nearly 6 hours, until about noon, to facilitate investigation and removal of the semi-tanker.

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