Two crashes cause major backups on I-90/94 near Portage

The DeForest Post is investigating after a series of crashes on I-90/94 in Columbia County...
The DeForest Post is investigating after a series of crashes on I-90/94 in Columbia County Friday morning.(Wisconsin State Patrol)
Published: Dec. 17, 2021 at 11:02 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2021 at 4:52 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports traffic was backed up for four miles after a crash on I-90 westbound Friday morning at the county lines of Columbia and Sauk counties.

The WisDOT sent out the initial alert at 9:30 a.m. for a crash on the interstate near Portage. The right lane was blocked until about 2:10 p.m. Friday.

Wisconsin State Patrol reports that two commercial motor vehicles crashed on the interstate and then went off the roadway near the Town of Caledonia. The occupants received non-life-threatening injuries.

As crews were working to recover the vehicles involved in the first crash, a second crash occurred between a semi trailer and a truck. State Patrol noted the semi tractor-trailer rear ended a truck that was stopped in traffic and pulling a camper. This crash led to lane closures, but no one was injured.

Wisconsin State Patrol cited the driver of the semi for following too closely.

The department updated its alert around 10:45 a.m., saying that traffic was in excess of four miles.

Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the crash and estimated it would take about two hours to clear.

The DeForest Post is investigating after a series of crashes on I-90/94 in Columbia County Friday morning. Around 9...

Posted by Wisconsin State Patrol on Friday, December 17, 2021

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