JANESVILLE, Wis. - One person died and another was injured in a crash that shut down the interstate near Janesville for several hours Tuesday morning, police said.
First responders were called out to mile post 177, on I-39, around 5 a.m.
A semi was headed southbound when it was struck from behind by a Ford F350 pickup truck, according to a release from Wisconsin State Patrol. The pickup truck continued driving until it became disabled in the left lane. Soon after, the pickup was struck from behind by someone driving a Chevy Silverado.
The driver of the Silverado, a 23-year-old man from Milton, died, according to the release. The driver of the Ford pickup, a 34-year-old man from Madison, suffered minor injuries. A 38-year-old man from Sun Prairie was driving the semi and was not injured.
Names of those involved are not being released at this time.
The second crash blocked traffic in the southbound lanes of I-39/90 for four hours, according to Wisconsin State Patrol. The crash also impacted a northbound lane of I-39/90 near Avalon Road in Janesville.
Traffic was backed up for more than five miles after the crash.
#RockCounty Traffic ALERT - Serious crash blocking all SB lanes of I-39/90 at WIS 11 East/E. Racine St near #Janesville. The NB left lane is also blocked. Big delays in each direction so avoid the area if possible! @WisDOTsouthwest @WisconsinDOT pic.twitter.com/CJEM2deQjH— WisDOT Traffic Management Center (@511WI) August 20, 2019
The Janesville Police Department said traffic was being re-routed east on Highway 11/14 to Highway 140. The DOT said the detour took drivers south on Highway 140 to I-43, and then south back onto I-39.
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