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UPDATE: Traffic Alert: Sauk County WB I-90

By: Dana Brueck Email
By: Dana Brueck Email

UPDATED Wednesday, January 26, 2011 ---- 2:40 p.m.

From the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:
January 26, 2011

All lanes open, westbound I-90/94, Sauk County

Two lanes of traffic are open on westbound I-90/94 at mile marker 91, Sauk County. Traffic had been restricted to one lane following a crash January 17.

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 18, 2011 --- 2:00 p.m.

The Wisconsin DOT has released the names of the driver and passenger in Monday's crash.

Driver: Ramanand, Peter G
43 Year Old Male From Bronx, New York
Injuries: Fatal
Transported To: St Claire Hospital, Baraboo
Seatbelt Use: Yes
Alcohol Use: No
Enforcement Action: Pending Investigation

Passenger: Brown, Addam Marshall
27 Year Old Male From Newville, PA
Injuries: Life Threatening
Transported To: St Claire Hospital
Seatbelt Use: No
Alcohol Use: No
Enforcement Action: Pending Investigation

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 18, 2011 --- 4:20 a.m.

The right lane is now open; left lane remains closed.

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UPDATED Monday, January 17, 2011 --- 9:44 p.m.

From the DOT:

Update: Westbound I-90/94, Sauk County, expected to open to single lane of traffic

Westbound I-90/94 near the Mirror Lake bridge in Sauk County is expected to open to a single lane of traffic by 6 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 18). Both westbound lanes had been closed and traffic rerouted through Lake Delton due to a crash Monday morning.

WisDOT personnel completed safety inspections on the eastbound and westbound bridge structures Monday evening.

The bridge will remain limited to one lane of traffic until further notice.

Motorists are advised of potential traffic slowdowns in the westbound direction near mile marker 91.

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UPDATED: Monday, January 17, 2011 -- 6:15 p.m.

By NBC15's Dana Brueck

A massive recovery effort keeps a stretch of the Interstate closed.

One person is dead when a semi plunges into an icy lake!

A stretch of I-90 in Sauk County remains closed after a deadly crash this morning.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says the crash happened around 8:15 this morning in the I-90 Westbound lanes near Lake Delton.

Westbound I-90 Drivers still must exit at highway 12.

This afternoon, the driver died. A passenger also was taken to the hospital but the individual's condition is still unknown.

"There was some witnesses that put the driver driving erratically," WSP Sgt. Greg Jenswold says.

How this semi crash occurred Monday morning is under investigation.

But what happened, recovery crews say, is a rare sight.

"... Tractor trailer went down.. over embankment... wedging into bottom pillars of the bridge... tractor rolled completely off, tractor's in river...load's in river," Jerry Blystone of Blystone's Towing says.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says the crash killed the driver, injured his passenger.

A number of agencies responded to rescue the two individuals from the icy water of Mirror Lake.

Debris from the trailer, partially submerged, scatters the surface of the lake.

Meantime, a careful recovery effort is underway with crews using two cranes to lift the trailer from the bridge's beam.

"No room for error... none... every move we'll make will have to be precise. We have to know where we're starting, where we're going to end to do this right... do no more damage to the bridge and hope to have it out before dark," Blystone says.

The state patrol says when the trailer is removed inspectors will be able to determine the extent of damage.

If repairs are needed, this stretch of Interstate will remain closed until the bridge is fixed.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

"It was slick, but I don't know that that was the cause... if there was driver error... an addition with the weather... or there was mechanical failure... answers not here yet," Jenswold says.

As of 6 pm, Zeman's Towing on the scene says the trailer has been removed.

Inspectors are being lowered in a basket to check out the damage to the beam, but the westbound lanes are closed. There is a bypass route.

Westbound I-90 drivers exit at highway 12 and then re-enter at highway 23.

When the highway is re-opened, we'll bring you updates on-air and online. More information from the DOT is below.

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UPDATED Monday, January 17, 2011 --- 5:46 p.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says the bridge remains closed as crews work to remove debris from the scene. The D.O.T. is bringing lights to the scene so crews can continue working at night. After the debris is removed, inspectors will check the structural integrity of the bridge to determine whether it is safe enough to reopen, or needs repairs.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is still investigating the crash and has not determined a cause. Officers are interviewing eye witnesses to gather more information.

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UPDATED Monday, January 17, 2011 --- 3:26 p.m.

Update from the DOT:

At 8:23 AM on Monday January 17, 2011 a crash occurred on I-90 WB at USH 12 in SAUK County near LAKE DELTON.

Assisting agencies included Sauk Sheriff’s Office, Sauk Fire Department, Lake Delton EMS & Fire, Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources, Lake Delton PD, and Wisc State Patrol Technical
Reconstruction Unit.

The crash involved 1 fatality and 1 injury.

The details of the crash are as follows:
On 01-17-11 at approx. 8:15am a semi truck that was traveling WB on I-90 left the roadway entering the median near the Mirror Lake bridge. The semi continued through the median and fell onto the ice.

During the crash the semi struck the I-90 bridge structure causing damage. A recovery and inspection effort are ongoing to determine the extent of damage to the bridge.

A by-pass route has been initiated. Travelers must exit I90WB at US HWY 12 at exit 92 and travel
through Lake Delton to STH-23 where they can get back on the Interstate at Exit 89.

Please give yourself extra time when traveling in this area due to weather and traffic. This incident is still under investigation and further information will be forthcoming.

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UPDATED Monday, January 17, 2011 --- 1:30 p.m.

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin State Patrol says a semi-trailer truck has plunged off a bridge and crashed into a frozen lake below, injuring two people.

The state patrol says the crash was reported Monday about 8:30 a.m. in Sauk County.

A dispatcher says the semi's cab ended up on the ice but didn't immediately know whether the cab had broken through.

Two people inside the cab were extricated and hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.

The semi crashed off an Interstate 90/94 bridge over Mirror Lake near the Wisconsin Dells. Authorities closed westbound lanes and said delays could last for hours while crews from the state Department of Transportation inspected structural damage to the bridge.

Major highways throughout southern Wisconsin are snow covered and slippery.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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NBC 15's Dana Brueck is at the scene.

The Sauk County Sheriff says a semi crashed into the median and down the steep embankment about 100 feet, then crashed into Mirror Lake below. The semi broke through the ice, becoming partially submerged in the lake. Multiple crews responded, including Dells-Delton EMS, Lake Delton Fire Department, and Baraboo Fire Department and EMS. Also, a rope rescue team was among the emergency crews responding. Crews were able to rescue the two passengers from the semi. We do not yet know if they suffered injuries.

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UPDATED Monday, January 17, 2011 --- 10:00 a.m.

The State Patrol confirms that Interstate 90 WB is closed at exit 92 near the Wisconsin Dells. A semi has crashed, damaging the bridge at Mirror Lake. The interstate will be closed until inspectors can survey the bridge damage and determine if it is safe to reopen. Expect major delays in this area.

NBC15 News has confirmed that rescue operations are underway at Mirror Lake.

The recommended detour: WB I-90 traffic exits at Highway 12 NB to Highway 23. Follow Highway 23 west back to the Interstate.

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INITIAL NOTIFICATION (1)

Incident Type: Crash
County: SAUK
Nearest City: LAKE DELTON
On Highway: I-90 WB
At Location: USH 12
Lanes Affected: All Lanes Blocked (One Direction)
Date and Time Incident Occurred: 01/17/2011 8:40 AM
Estimated Duration: Over 2 Hours
Handling Agency: Sauk County Sheriff's Department
Contact Name:
Contact Phone:
Alternate Route:
Additional Info: Crash resulting in the closure of all WB lanes at US-12. There is no alternate route advised at this time.


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