Crashed semi spills corn across Rock County road; 2 injured

ORFORDVILLE, Wis. - Crews are cleaning up a spill on a Rock County road Wednesday morning after a crash. 

A crash involving a car and a semitrailer carrying corn and another car shut down Highway 11 at Main Street in Orfordville around 7:30 a.m.

The sheriff's office said a 2002 Peterbuilt Semi truck hauling a load of field corn was headed east on West Highway 11 when a 2001 Toyota Corolla driven by a 30-year-old Brodhead woman was headed west and crossed the centerline.

According to the report, the semi driver evaded a head-on collision with the Corolla, and the car side-swiped the semi on the driver's side.  A third vehicle, a 2007 Dodge Caravan driven by a 27-year-old woman from Janesville, was following the Corolla and veered to the north ditch to avoid the crash. After the initial collision between the semi and the Corolla, the Corolla was pushed into the path of the Dodge Caravan causing a secondary crash.

As a result of the initial crash, the semi overturned and corn spilled onto Highway 11 causing total road blockage, the report said. 

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said the semi driver and the Corolla driver were taken to the hospital.

The road was closed for more than 3 hours as the semi was towed away and a street sweeper cleared the corn off the road.

The sheriff's office said the driver of the Corolla was cited on suspicion of inattentive driving.  



The sheriff’s office said the semi company is responsible for cleaning up all the corn.

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