I94 between Tomah and Warrens open after closure due to crashes, icy roads
The State Patrol said travel is strongly discouraged Wednesday morning.
MONROE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, I-94 is back open in Monroe and Jackson counties.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says icy conditions caused a series of crashes around 3:05 a.m. About two dozen vehicles were involved in an incident near Tomah. One person has minor injuries from that crash.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in an earlier update that between 2:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. there was 12 runoff vehicles, 10 property damage crashes including a CMV vs. ambulance, five injury crashes and one ambulance call.
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MONROE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - According to a media release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, this area of Interstate 94 remains closed at this time.
The media release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office says I-94 between Tomah and Warrens was the primary area affected by freezing rain and the Interstate remains closed at this time.
According to the media release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office anticipates that limited traffic on I-94 will begin around 4:00 p.m. with additional delayed recoveries of vehicles that are well off the roadway over the next several days. As of about 2:00 p.m., law enforcement has responded to at least 11 slide offs with no damage, 12 crashes with property damage and one crash with minor injuries.
Several agencies have responded as well as towing and recovery companies.
MONROE COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - Interstate 94 between Tomah and Warrens is closed Wednesday morning due to hazardous road conditions and multiple crashes.
The Wisconsin State Patrol said that travel is strongly discouraged as the roadways and on- and off-ramps to the Interstate are likely to be ice and snow covered and hazardous.
Just after 5 a.m., the State Patrol shut down I-94 at Highway 21 in Tomah. Long backups could be seen on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation traffic cameras. I-94 eastbound at County Highway EW near Warrens was closed just before 5 a.m., according to the Wisconsin DOT. The suggested detours are to use Highway 12 in either direction from Tomah to Warrens.
In a release from the DOT, the Interstate was still closed as of 10:45 a.m. and said that traffic was being rerouted on Highway 21, Highway 12 and County Highway O due to the multiple crashes between Millston in Jackson County and Tomah in Monroe County.
In a Facebook post, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said that they had received many reports of crashes or drivers unable to make it up hills. Most of the reported crashes were in the Tomah and Warrens area, and the Sheriff’s Office said that salt trucks are coming from surrounding counties to assist in clearing ice from the roadways.
Other Wisconsin law enforcement agencies reported icy conditions as well. Highway 25 from Durand to Nelson in Buffalo County was closed Wednesday morning due to several disabled semi trailers and trucks blocking traffic. The Pepin County Sheriff’s Office advised against travel Wednesday morning. The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office said most of the roadways in Chippewa County were ice covered.
The State Patrol said that motorists should expect severe delays in either direction approaching the crashes.
The latest traffic conditions are available on 511WI.gov. On Wednesday morning, most western Wisconsin roads were reported to be either ice covered or have slippery stretches.
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