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Two people dead after Monday morning crash near Lake Wissota

An overturned semi caused Highway 29 to shut down all lanes eastbound and one lane westbound at...
An overturned semi caused Highway 29 to shut down all lanes eastbound and one lane westbound at mile marker 81, near Lake Wissota, on Monday.(WEAU)
Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 12:05 PM CDT
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TOWN OF LAFAYETTE, Wis. (WEAU) - A crash on Highway 29 near Lake Wissota killed two people Monday morning.

A 38-year-old woman and her 13-year-old son, both from rural Cadott, were killed after the woman’s vehicle crossed the median from the westbound lanes on Highway 29 and struck a semi trailer traveling eastbound. The woman and her son were ejected onto the roadway from the vehicle and found dead near the crash site, said Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk in a news release.

Names are being withheld until families and others are notified, according to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred near mile marker 83, or just west of 190th street, on Highway 29 at 11:01 a.m.

Traffic was backed up for over a mile before road closures were put into place at County Highway X heading east on Highway 29. Over five hours after the crash, crews were still working to clean up the roadway.

The driver of the semi, a 39-year-old man from Maiden Rock, was not injured due to the crash. The driver told authorities that the vehicle crossed over the median and hit the left front of his semi, causing the trailer to overturn. The cargo of wheat grain spilled across the eastbound lanes of Highway 29.

Responding agencies include the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Chippewa County Coroner’s Office, and the Chippewa Fire District, as well as the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office.

Highway 29 was re-opened nearly six hours after the crash.

An overturned semi hauling wheat was involved in a deadly crash near Lake Wissota on Monday...
An overturned semi hauling wheat was involved in a deadly crash near Lake Wissota on Monday morning.(Chippewa County Sheriff's Office)

TOWN OF LAFAYETTE, Wis. (WEAU) - Two people are dead after a collision between a semi and a car on Highway 29 near Lake Wissota late Monday morning.

According to Jim Kowalczyk of the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, a sedan traveling westbound on Highway 29 crossed the median and hit a semi trailer that was heading eastbound around 11 a.m. Monday. The driver and one passenger in the sedan were killed as a result of the crash. The driver of the semi was not injured.

As of 1:15 p.m. Monday, crews were working to clean up the crash site. The eastbound lanes were still closed nearly two hours after the crash.

The semi, which turned over on its side across both eastbound lanes of Highway 29 as a result of the crash, was hauling wheat.

TOWN OF LAFAYETTE, Wis. (WEAU) - Part of Highway 29 is closed in Chippewa County after a multiple-vehicle crash near Lake Wissota late Monday morning.

The crash, which resulted in a semi trailer turning over onto its side, has closed the eastbound lanes of the highway at County Highway X, or Exit 80, and also reduced westbound traffic to one lane.

The crash itself occurred less than a mile further east on the highway, at mile marker 81 near County Highway J, after 11 a.m. Monday.

Authorities are recommending that motorists avoid the area.

According to the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation, the recommended detour is to follow County Highway X around the accident, through the towns of Lafayette and Bateman, back on to Highway 29.

As of 11:55 a.m., traffic was backed up for nearly a mile in both directions, according to traffic speed data on the 511wi.gov website.

Highway 29 closure
Highway 29 closure(WEAU)

The Wisconsin State Patrol and Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office are handling the investigation into the crash.

ATTENTION: State Highway 29 eastbound is completely shut down at County Highway J due to a traffic crash. If at all possible, please avoid the area. We will let you know when the highway is open.

Posted by Chippewa County Sheriff's Office on Monday, May 10, 2021
511WI.gov map detail about the crash and road closure on Highway 29 in Chippewa County on...
511WI.gov map detail about the crash and road closure on Highway 29 in Chippewa County on Monday, May 10.(Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation)

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