NEW INFORMATION: Wis. police: Pileup began when driver lost control

Wis. police: Pileup began when driver lost control

GERMANTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- Police in southeastern Wisconsin say a major crash this week that involved 10 vehicles and left one person dead began when a car driver lost control on a rain-slicked highway.

Germantown police say 20-year-old Chaz M. Kochevar lost control Tuesday morning and collided with a semitrailer. The semi crossed the grassy median into oncoming traffic, where it caused another semi and seven other vehicles to collide.

Police Chief Peter Hoell (HAYL') said Wednesday that 46-year-old Jeffrey A. Vis of Fond du Lac was pronounced dead at the scene.

Thirty-two-year-old Daniel G. Milczski of Fond du Lac was hospitalized with serious injuries. He was in satisfactory condition Wednesday.

Five others suffered minor injuries, including the driver whose semi crossed the median.

Hoell says it's still unclear why Kochevar lost control.

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GERMANTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say two semis and eight cars were involved in a fatal crash on a southeastern Wisconsin highway Tuesday.

Police Chief Peter Hoell says one person is dead and six others were taken to hospitals.

He says the crash occurred when a northbound semi and car collided causing the semi to cross the median into the southbound lanes where the pileup occurred.

Hoell says one of those taken to a hospital suffered serious injuries and had to be extricated from one of the vehicles. He says other injuries are non-life-threatening.

The chief says the highway was slick with rain at the time of the crash shortly after 9 a.m. The highway's southbound lanes were expected to be closed until mid-afternoon.

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GERMANTOWN, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say two semis and at least a half dozen vehicles were involved in a fatal crash on a southeastern Wisconsin highway Tuesday.

Aerial video shows debris scattered about Highway 41/45 and adjoining ditches near the Highway 167 exit in Germantown. Police Chief Peter Hoell says at least one person is dead and six others were taken to hospitals. Hoell tells WTMJ-TV there may be others trapped underneath the semis. Emergency responders are still working the scene.

Hoell says one of those transported to a hospital suffered serious injuries and had to be extricated from one of the vehicles. The chief says the highway was slick with rain at the time of the crash shortly after 9 a.m. The highway has been closed in both directions.


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