UPDATE: The State Patrol says one person is dead after a crash on I-94

By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email
By: WEAU 13 NEWS Email

The Wisconsin State Patrol says one person is dead after a crash on Interstate 94.

The State Patrol says 57-year-old Gregory Schrimpf was killed when the driver, Mary Tryggeseth, of the mini-van he was riding in fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed into the back of a semi trailer. Investigators say a semi was parked on the shoulder when the driver hit it.

Troopers closed down the section of Interstate near Oakdale for more than 3 hours as crews worked to clean up the scene.

The truck driver, Trygeseth and a 17-year-old passenger in the van were not hurt. They were all wearing their seatbelts.

The State Patrol says the semi was not stopped for an emergency so the driver was ticketed for illegally parking on the Interstate.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

The Wisconsin State Patrol says a section of Interstate 94 was closed around Tomah due to a crash.

The State Patrol says a crash between a semi and a car happened around 3:30 Saturday afternoon on I-94 near Oakdale.

Troopers say the eastbound lane of 94 was shut down, they advised taking Highway 12 between Tomah and Oakdale.

All lanes were opened back up by 6:45 Saturday night.


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  • by Wendy Location: Chippewa falls on Dec 1, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    Greg and Mary are wounderful giving people, they walk with God every day. I am sure that they place no blame,because God has a reason for every thing. And we donn't know what it is. The result of the accident could have been worse, I am sure we are all thanking God that it wasn't
  • by Anonymous on Dec 1, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    I don't think that Mike Koslowski did anything intentional or malicious either so why the double standard.
  • by Anon Location: CF on Dec 1, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    Please let their family grieve. Pastor Greg was a wonderful man. He married my husband and I, along with baptized our daughter. This was a horrible tragedy, but God had bigger plans for him. I feel for Mary, who will feel guilty and horrible for this accident. I pray that she finds peace knowing Greg has gone to a better place.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    Again as another family member involved in this tragedy, I just want to say that this is an accident. this was not done intentionally or maliciously. We do not blame the truck driver. Sometimes bad things just happen, so please allow us to greive and find peace.
  • by Neutral Location: Wisconsin on Nov 30, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    As a friend of the family who lost Greg. I want people to know that no outsider has the right to blame Mary or the truck driver. It is not right that mary didn't stop and the trucker was parked illegally. But it is not our right to be passing the blame. For only the master creator can choose right and wrong.
  • by Trucker's Wife Location: WI on Nov 30, 2009 at 08:15 AM
    Two wrongs don't make a right. Yes, the driver fell asleep, and yes the accident would have happened if the truck hadn't been there and could have been worse. I don't think anyone is denying that. That part isn't the truck driver's fault in the least. The only point I was trying to make is that ALL VEHICLES are to abide by the "emergency stopping only". It just was the wrong place at the wrong time, but still doesn't make it legal for him to have been parked there. Therefore you can't say "no fault of the truck driver" or "It does not matter why the truck was there" No it wasn't his fault the driver fell asleep, but it doesn't change the fact that he shouldn't have been there. There are signs up on every interstate saying this. (again..see my previous post...he may have had good reason to be parked there and the police officer responding didn't find it to be an "emergency" worthy of stopping there.)
  • by Anonymous Location: Madison on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    We were about 10 vehicles behind the van when the accident happened. It was an awful scene and quite clear how severe it was. We were amazed that the other two occupants survived and had prayed the male passenger would pull through; unfortunately, that was not meant to be. I really do not think the semi-driver is to blame, especially since we don't know why he was pulled over. Regardless of the semi being pulled over, the driver of the van fell asleep and made a deadly mistake. I hope some day she will be able to find peace. Traffic was really heavy that day on that stretch of the road. I keep thinking of what would have happened if she had woken up before hitting the semi and swerved back into traffic...there could have been a major pile up with many more injuries and deaths. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved. And thank you to all the rescue workers who do a job I could never do. Please drive safely!
  • by anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 at 06:28 AM
    Let's get realistic here people, if the mini-van hadn't it the semi, they probably would have went off the road and rolled, with simular or worse consequences, so regardless of the truck driver, at 65 mph on the highway, falling asleep is going to lead to a horrific accident. No fault to the truck driver!!!
  • by likeitmatters on Nov 30, 2009 at 03:19 AM
    It does not matter why the truck was there... he could have stopped to pick his nose and he is still not at fault for the van crashing into him. If the truck had not been there the van could have just as easily gone off the road and rolled or hit something else. Peace be with the families involved.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2009 at 08:25 PM
    I don't think anyone is blaming the truck driver. I'm sure the only reason he was ticketed was because he was parked illegally, not because they think he caused the accident. If he wasn't there, the van would have gone off the road and who knows if even more occupants would have died. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of ALL involved, including the truck driver.
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