MAUSTON, Wis. - Two people are dead after a crash Wednesday afternoon involving six vehicles on Interstate 90/94 in Juneau County, according to Department of Transportation officials.
The multi-vehicle crash involved three semitrucks, two SUVs and a motorcycle. Officials said the driver of a tanker truck struck slowed-down traffic ahead of him.
A 60-year-old man driving a motorcycle and a 64-year-old Lyndon Station man driving a semitractor were both killed, Wisconsin State Patrol said. .
One of the trucks then "blew up" and caught on fire. Officials estimate more than 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at the crash scene.
"It's a mess," Sgt. Michael Vasquez, with the State Patrol DeForest Post, said. "There's a huge amount of diesel fuel leakage."
The crash happened around 1:25 p.m. Wednesday. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said at 1:44 p.m. that all lanes of I-90/94 west were closed at Highway 82 near Mauston.
As of about 4 p.m., backups in excess of 5 miles and delays of more than 45 minutes were being observed on I-94 east at mile marker 61, the DOT said.
The lanes were shut down for just over 12 hours for hazmat to clean up the spill and for law enforcement officials to investigate the crash. An alternative route was set up for drivers. Drivers were advised to detour around the traffic incident by exiting Highway 82 west to Highway 58 south to Highway 12 west to Highway 80 east and back to I-90/94.
The interstate reopened early Thursday morning around 1:45 a.m.
La Crosse Hazmat, Zeman’s Towing and Recovery, C.L. Chase Towing and Recovery, Juneau County Sheriff’s Department, New Lisbon Fire Department, New Lisbon EMS, Mauston police and New Lisbon police assisted at the scene.
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