Going behind the scenes with WisDOT: Overview of the recent semi-truck fire on I-94

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MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Luck with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation joins FOX6 WakeUp to talk about the upcoming construction that could impact your commute.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019:

Semi-Truck Fire Incident (show the two pictures of semi-fire from freeway)

  • At 7:15 a.m., a semi's cab caught fire on I-94 WEST (NB) north of Elm Road in the right lane. The semi was not involved in a crash and the semi driver was able to get out of the cab without injuries.
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff’s (MCSO) arrived on scene within six (6) minutes of receiving the incident call and closed I-94 NB at the crash site.

WisDOT Traffic Management Center’s Role

  • Posted messages on their electronic signs on I-94 NB/SB alerting traffic of incident and travel time info.
  • Sent alerts via 511 system
  • Submitted info to TV/radio traffic reporters

Emergency Response from Fire

  • Oak Creek Fire Department responded from I-94 SB (got on freeway at Ryan Road) and arrived first and blocked the SB left lanes.
  • Raymond Fire Department responded via the work zone from south.

Additional Freeway/Ramp Closures Needed

  • By 7:30 a.m. State Patrol/Racine County Sheriff closed I-94 NB fully at County G in order to allow traffic to use detour route.
  • County G entrance to I-94 NB and Ryan Road entrance to I-94 SB were both closed to minimize traffic getting on freeway and getting stuck in delays.
  • Oak Creek and Caledonia Police assisted on local roads/detours.

Suggested Detours:

  • Howell Avenue, 27th Street and the Frontage Roads are always the primary detour routes.  There is also a regional alternate route.
  • Milwaukee County Maintenance responded to clean-up diesel fuel that leaked across all I-94 lanes.
  • Ray’s Towing (specialized tow for heavy vehicles, like a semi) responded to remove remaining diesel in semi's tank.
  • The second semi showed up and transferred load from damaged semi to new semi (semi was hauling paper).

Re-opening of I-94 and Ramps

  • By 10 a.m., State Patrol/Racine County Sheriff reopened I-94 NB at County G. Two (2) lanes remained closed at the incident site.
  • Milwaukee County Sheriff (MCSO) opened all lanes at approximately 11:45 a.m.
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