UPDATE: Highway 11 reopens after fatal semi-truck crash

UPDATED Tuesday, November 26, 2013 --- 10:55 a.m.

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- Highway 11 has reopened in Lafayette County following a fatal crash between a semi carrying anhydrous ammonia and a tow truck.

The highway was closed until early Tuesday morning. Sheriff's officials say the semi driver, 58-year-old Alfred Rott (ROHT), of Monona, died when a large tow truck skidded through a snowy intersection Monday and collided with his rig at Summit Rd. Both the tow truck and semi were destroyed.

Hazardous materials handlers transferred the load of toxic anhydrous ammonia to another semi. The driver of the tow truck was taken to a hospital in Darlington. His condition is not known.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 --- 6:55 a.m.

One man is dead after an accident in Lafayette County yesterday morning. It happened at the intersection of Summit Road and State Highway 11. Police responded to a call reporting that a semi-tractor-trailer was involved and was overturned along the roadway.

A preliminary investigation shows that a large tow truck driven by 54 year old Steven J. Humphrey of Shullsburg was headed north on Summit Road. Humphrey reported he was not able to stop due to the slippery snow-packed surface. That's when he skidded onto State Highway 11. At the time, a semi-tractor-trailer driven by 58 year old Alfred J. Rott of Monona collided at the intersection.

Humphrey was taken to Lafayette Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Alfred Rott was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the coroner.