Two hurt in series of crashes involving dozens of vehicles on I-39/90 near Janesville

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MILTON, Wis. (WMTV)-- Two people were hurt in a series of crashes on I-39/90 near Janesville that shut down the interstate for several hours on Sunday.

According to Wisconsin State Patrol, just after 2 p.m., a semi hit a tow truck that was responding to a minor crash on I-39/90 heading north. That truck then hit the tow truck operator, who was outside of the vehicle. The operator and the driver of the semi were taken to a local hospital, and are expected to be okay.

That initial crash started a string of other crashes on the interstate. In all, officials said 20 cars and four semi trucks were involved. Authorities had to close I-39/90 near the Highway 26 exit for hours as crews responded to the scene. The interstate was reopened Sunday evening.

Snow was falling heavily during this incident, and troopers said weather considered a factor in the series of crashes.