40-50 vehicles in ‘massive’ crash Thursday morning that has closed portions of Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin; no fatalities reported

Multiple vehicle crash Thursday morning on I-94 between Osseo and Black River Falls.

BLACK RIVER FALLS – A “massive crash” involving 40-50 vehicles closed a portion of Interstate 94 Thursday in western Wisconsin, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities received a report of a crash around 5:45 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 94 near Hixton, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. Multiple crashes, vehicles running off the road and jack-knifed semis occurred due to freezing rain and icy roads.

This photo from the Hixton Fire Department shows tractor-trailers burning after a multi-vehicle crash on I-94 in western Wisconsin early Thursday.

This photo from the Hixton Fire Department shows tractor-trailers burning after a multi-vehicle crash on I-94 in western Wisconsin early Thursday.

When emergency personnel arrived on scene, they found a semitruck was on fire in the median with two passenger vehicles underneath. Multiple secondary crashes and runoffs occurred in the same area, the State Patrol said. Passengers of the vehicles were transported by bus to a safe location.

Lt. Tim Weiberg of the Wisconsin State Patrol said that about 40 to 50 cars were involved in the incident. There were no fatalities and only minor injuries reported, he said Thursday afternoon. They hope to get both lanes open by early evening.

Traffic at 8:34 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 94 in Jackson County is backed up at Wisconsin 121 exit because of a "massive crash," according to the Sheriff's Office.

Traffic at 8:34 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 94 in Jackson County is backed up at Wisconsin 121 exit because of a “massive crash,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, portions of Interstate 94 were still closed because of the crashes. The eastbound lanes are closed from Eau Claire County HH in Foster to State 121 in Northfield. The westbound lane of I-94 is closed between U.S. 10 in Osseo to U.S. 12/State 27 in Black River Falls. Traffic in both lanes is being rerouted.

The Wisconsin State Patrol office in Eau Claire reported icy conditions along I-94 in Jackson, Eau Claire and Dunn counties. “Freezing rain caused icy/hazardous road conditions this morning,” the State Patrol reported.

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The storm system that dropped a mix of precipitation, including snow, sleet and freezing rain, on the west side of the state was spreading into the northeast, said Roy Eckberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Green Bay.

The precipitation covers an area that stretches from Wausau toward north of Manitowoc, he said. The main precipitation should end by about 2 p.m., Eckberg said Thursday morning.

Untreated roads could become ice-covered and slippery, he said, and drivers should slow down and allow extra time to get to your destination.

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