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Accident closes intersection, sends 3 to hospital

Traffic is back to flowing in normal fashion on highways 12 and 124 after a 3-vehicle accident sent three people to the hospital and spilled farming chemicals over the highway.
The accident closed down traffic in both directions for hours.
Shortly after 2 p.m. the Eau Claire County Sheriff's Department responded to a three vehicle accident at the intersection of highway 124 and Kane Road.
"The small Blazer went through the red light intersection going westbound. The oncoming truck couldn't stop hit the Blazer, then the semi came into the back flipping the truck on top of the Blazer," said Sgt. Rodney Stearns of the E.C. Sheriff's Department.
One of the trucks was carrying one thousand gallons of farm cleaning chemicals and spilled much of it onto the road.
Leaving fumes that required a hazardous material response unit to come in and clean up.
"There is a slight danger from fumes. So we have the area cordoned off, and are not allowing anyone into the areas where there would be any contact with the fumes," Township Rescue Chief Joe Alf said.
Due to the presence of the Haz-Mat unit, traffic was detoured in both directions for almost four hours and the westbound lane until around nine p.m.
It wasn't only the fumes that were a problem. There were three people trapped inside the SUV who had to be removed, including a young child who had to be airlifted to Luther Hospital.
"We had three people trapped in the SUV who had to be extracated. One had to be airlifted to Luther Hospital and the others were taken out by ambulance," Alf added.
The people in the smaller truck suffered minor injuries and the driver of the semi went unhurt.
The seven year old boy in the SUV was taken to Regency Hospital in critical condition, but is now imporving and expected to make a recovery.


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