Fatal Semi Accident Slows Traffic for Hours

JOHNSON CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- The traffic flow is back to normal on Interstate 94 near Johnson Creek, but it took about nine hours to get that way after a major accident at a freeway overpass.

A semitrailer truck left the road, skidded across the ground and crashed into the abutment for a freeway overpass, leaving the truck's tractor unit crushed against the concrete. The driver was killed.

The crash reported Thursday just before 3 p.m. caused a traffic backup that extended for miles in the westbound lanes. It continued for hours after a single lane of slow-moving traffic was allowed to pass as crews worked to remove the semi.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says the driver was killed. His name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

The Switzke Road bridge over I-94 sustained structural damage and will be closed indefinitely.

The westbound interstate was closed from Highway 67 to Highway 26 Thursday evening as the cleanup continued.

The State Patrol says the traffic flow returned to normal after midnight Friday morning.

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