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1 dead, another presumed missing after semi went over guardrail into Mirror Lake

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SAUK COUNTY — A recovery effort was underway Sunday, Feb. 17 after a semi went into Mirror Lake from the I-90/94 bridge in Sauk County — near Wisconsin Dells.

According to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, around 7:30 a.m., a damaged guardrail was discovered just north of Mirror Lake on the I-90/94 bridge. An investigation revealed wheel tracks followed off the right ditch cliff into Mirror Lake, where the semi came to rest, submerged in water.

First responders were working to recover the occupants. Officials said in the release, “at this point, there are no signs of life, and this is a recovery effort.”

In an update, officials said the semi was recovered and one fatality was confirmed. They said another occupant was presumed to be missing.

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources responded to handle a diesel spill.

Both lanes of the interstate were closed in order to pull the semi out the water. Recovery efforts were ceased Sunday due to visibility and weather issues. Officials said those efforts would resume Monday.

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