RACINE COUNTY (WITI) - Two people were killed and two others were hurt in a crash and fire that happened along I-41/94 at 50th Road in Racine County on Wednesday, June 19, shutting down the interstate for hours.
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Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon to lay out exactly what happened. He indicated around 11 a.m., numerous 911 calls came in referring to a crash, fire, and explosions. The sheriff said it appeared those "explosions" were from tires heating up and then bursting.
Sheriff Schmaling said the investigation showed a semi tractor trailer was traveling southbound when the driver made a lane change. In the process, that semi hit a construction barrier. The semi driver over-corrected, and hit the median wall. That median wall was shoved into the northbound lanes of I-94.
Three northbound vehicles hit each other and/or the barriers in their path, and the driver of a northbound semi tractor trailer made a decision to make a "very evasive maneuver." He drove off the road, and the semi burst into flames.
"In my 24 years on this job, this is the worst accident I've ever been part of," said Sheriff Schmaling. The sheriff said both semi drivers were killed.
All north and southbound lanes on the interstate were shut down as a result of the wreck. The interstate was completely re-opened early Thursday morning.