Semi slams into concrete barrier in construction zone

Semi slams into concrete barrier in construction zone

A semi crashed into a concrete barrier in a construction zone early Tuesday morning on Interstate 39/90 near Stoughton resulting in the closure of the highway for about five hours.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said the crash involved two semis and was reported at 2:55 a.m. in a construction zone near County Road A.

Investigators said the semis were southbound when they entered the construction zone. A semi driven by Jose L. Lopez, 45, was in the right lane with a semi, driven by Michael Rutherford, 40, behind him and slightly to the left.

Rutherford’s semi moved nearly beside Lopez’s semi at the beginning of the restricted lane forcing Lopez into barrels, according to a news release. Rutherford passed on the right and struck a temporary concrete wall, causing his semi to overturn and catch fire.

Officials said Rutherford’s semi was totaled and there was extensive damage to the trailer, which was carrying flour.

Rutherford was taken to UW Hospital in Madison with non-life-threatening injuries. Lopez was not injured.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the Stoughton Police Department, Cottage Grove, Cambridge Fire and EMS, and Deer Grove EMS assisted at the scene.