NEW INFORMATION: Slippery conditions factor in two freeway crashes Thursday morning

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Slippery conditions caused crashes on two freeways in Western Wisconsin Thursday morning.

The Wisconsin State Patrol responded to a chain-reaction crash involving three cars around 9:20 a.m. at U.S. Highway 53 and Melby Street in Lake Hallie. Troopers say the cars were headed south on highway 53, when one went into the right ditch. The other two drivers tried to slow down, but conditions were icy at the time, and they collided. Nobody was hurt, and there was no major damage to any of the cars. The right lane of the highway was closed for nearly two hours.

Around 10:35 a.m. Thursday, a semi-tractor-trailer going west on I-94 jackknifed near Hudson. The tractor ended up on top of a retaining wall in the median, and the trailer was blocking the left two lanes. Troopers say that crash was also caused by slippery conditions. The lanes were closed for a short time as two wreckers moved the vehicle. Nobody was hurt.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- As of about 11:40 a.m. Thursday, the Wisconsin State Patrol says all lanes of U.S. Highway 53 at the scene of the crash are open.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) --Crews have the right lane of U.S. Highway 53 south closed at Melby Street because of "multiple traffic incidents."

The Wisconsin State Patrol reported that a crash happened at the interchange at 9:45 a.m. Thursday. The closure could last for two hours.

There's no immediate word on how many vehicles were involved, or whether anyone was hurt.

The state patrol is also reporting a jackknifed semi on I-94 west in Hudson. A Twitter post at about 11 a.m. Thursday says two lanes of traffic were blocked off. Crews ask drivers to be prepared to slow down to get around the crash scene.


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