GERMANTOWN -- A 28-year-old man was transported to the hospital by Flight for Life Friday morning, Aug. 16 with life-threatening injuries following a head-on crash involving a pickup truck and semi in Germantown.
It happened around 5 a.m. on Highway 145 near Fond du Lac Avenue.
Officials say the pickup truck was traveling northbound when it crossed the center line -- striking a semi traveling southbound. There were no other passengers in either vehicle.
"Just a total mess. I mean the pickup truck, there isn't much left of it," said Steve Rosenfeldt, lives nearby.
The driver of the pickup, a 28-year-old man, was taken to the hospital by Flight for Life for extensive injuries. The driver of the semi, a 52-year-old man, was transported to an area hospital for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
It is believed that controlled substances are a contributing factor to the accident. Police believe the driver of the pickup may have been on drugs at the time of the crash due to his past history and items found at the scene.
"We believe drugs are a factor. We’ll obviously take a blood sample and we’ll wait for the results of that sample," said Chief Peter Hoell, Germantown Police Department.
The Wisconsin DNR was contacted regarding a small diesel spill from a ruptured fuel tank on the semi.
The Germantown Police Department was assisted by the Menomonee Falls Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol.