WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. - The Wisconsin State Patrol said they found one person dead and are still looking for another after a semitruck crashed off the road, through a guardrail and into Mirror Lake Sunday morning.
State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Henriksen said authorities found a damaged guardrail at about 7:30 a.m. just north of the Mirror Lake bridge on I-90.
#TRAFFICALERT State Patrol says ALL eastbound lanes on I-90 will be closed for at least 5 hours near mile marker 91 as crews try to recover the two people they believe were in the truck that crashed into Mirror Lake. This video shows how steep the embankment is @WISCTV_News3 pic.twitter.com/5Hs2CxpAp3— Madalyn O'Neill (@news3madalyn) February 17, 2019
Wheel tracks revealed the semitruck went off the cliff into the lake. The truck was completely submerged in the water. Officials said that the embankment into the river was about 107 feet, or about 10 stories.
The semi has been lifted from the water, according to the state patrol.
Henriksen said it is believed that two individuals were in the truck at the time of the crash. By afternoon, he said dive team rescue operations had shifted to recovery.
"Rescue is, there'd be signs of life," he said. "Recovery, probably a low chance for there being any survivors at this point ... Once they can pull that truck up to take a closer look, then they'll know what we're up against."
Because of the bad visibility and weather issues, the recovery operation has ended for the day. Crews will pick up the search again Monday morning.
According to officials, both lanes of the interstate will be closed until about 6 p.m. Drivers can use an alternate route by taking State Highway 23 to U.S. Highway 12 back on to I-90.
Henriksen said officials are still investigating the cause of the crash but believe weather may have played a role.
"(We) just ask that people slow down," he said. "Drive careful out here in these conditions."
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