TOWN OF ADDISON -- The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 reports of an accident with injuries on I-41 north of County Highway K in the Town of Addison. The initial reports were that three semi-tractor trailers were involved in the crash and that one driver was trapped.
Officials say there was a southbound tractor-trailer that was stopped in traffic and a straight truck stopped behind that truck. A southbound tractor-trailer was quickly approaching the stopped traffic. The operator of the straight truck saw the southbound truck heading for him and attempted to pull onto the shoulder to avoid a collision. He was unable to get out of the way completely and was struck from behind which caused the straight truck to roll over onto its side in the outside median. The southbound truck then rear-ended the trailer of the second semi.
The operator of the southbound truck that failed to stop was trapped inside the cab and needed to be extricated by the fire department. He was transported to Hartford Aurora Hospital. The operator of the front semi was also transported to Hartford. Neither injury is believed to be life-threatening. The operator of the straight truck received minor injuries and was released from the scene.
The Hartford Fire Department Hazardous Material Team, as well as the Wisconsin DNR, responded to assist with the cleanup effort because of fluids leaking from the trucks.
The traffic accident remains under investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. It is unknown at this time why the driver failed to stop however alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor.