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NEW INFORMATION: Name released in fatal semi crash

MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU)--We now know the name of the man killed in a semi crash near Menomonie. The Wisconsin State Patrol says 45-year-old John D. Philippi from Stacy, Minnesota was killed.
The driver of a second semi, 48-year-old Robert E. Denton of Mattoon, Illinois was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened around one Thursday morning on Interstate 94.
Troopers say the roads were slippery at the time of the crash.

Philippi's nephew says a dog was in the truck at the time of the crash and is missing. The dog is a female German Shepard named Molly.
She is black with brown on her chest and was wearing a collar with tags. His nephew says Molly is very friendly.

Social media posts on Friday night indicate the dog had been found. The state patrol has not confirmed that information as of publishing time.
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MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) -- The State Patrol says heavy snow in northwestern Wisconsin is a factor in a fatal interstate crash between two semis.

Sgt. David Fish says one semi rolled over a slippery Interstate 94 near Menomonie and was struck by the second semi early Thursday morning. Fish says the driver of the first semi was killed.

Parts of northwestern Wisconsin are buried under more than a foot of new snow. Numerous school districts canceled classes, including Menomonie, River Falls, Chetek, Rice Lake, Barron and Durand.

The National Weather Service reported 14 inches of snow has fallen in Ellsworth with 9 inches in River Falls and 8 inches in Ashland. Utility crews worked to restore power to hundreds of Xcel customers in the region.

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU)-- The Wisconsin State Patrol tells us that crews re-opened I-94 near the crash scene at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

The victims' names have not been released. Troopers are working with a sheriff's department in Minnesota to notify family members.
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MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) -- The State Patrol says heavy snow in northwestern Wisconsin is a factor in a fatal interstate crash between two semis.

Sgt. David Fish says one semi rolled over a slippery Interstate 94 near Menomonie and was struck by the second semi early Thursday morning. Fish says the driver of the first semi was killed.

Parts of northwestern Wisconsin are buried under more than a foot of new snow. Numerous school districts canceled classes, including Menomonie, River Falls, Chetek, Rice Lake, Barron and Durand.

The National Weather Service reported 14 inches of snow has fallen in Ellsworth with 9 inches in River Falls and 8 inches in Ashland. Utility crews worked to restore power to hundreds of Xcel customers in the region.
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A deadly accident involving two semis closed all eastbound lanes of I-94, just before the exit of Lake Menomin.

A Sergeant with the State Patrol says the crash happened just before 1 a.m. Thursday morning, 35 miles east of the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. Two semis were traveling eastbound when they collided. Troopers say one driver has been pronounced dead, the other driver has been taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

At 4:12 am Thursday, it was confirmed eastbound traffic is being re-routed while crews continue to clear debris which could take another two hours.

Traffic should exit at WIS 128, take WIS 128 NB to US 12, EB on US 12 to WIS 25, and WIS 25 back to I-94 EB

The accident is still under investigation.


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