MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Snow conditions caused massive traffic jams in southern Wisconsin on Friday, blocking Interstate 39/90 for hours, officials said.
The clash occurred around 12:30 pm in Rock County between Janesville and Beloit, the State Patrol said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. Troopers arrive to find the interstate blocked in both directions. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that one person was injured.
The troopers diverted traffic to a side street. WIFR-TV posted live video of the semi-trailer backing up with paramedics roaming around it shortly before 4pm.
State Patrol officials said snow, ice and whiteout conditions were factors in the crash. As of 6 a.m. Friday, the Beloit area had seen 2.2 inches of snow cover in the last 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.
In a separate statement, the State Patrol said another vehicle collided around 1:30 p.m. Friday, blocking northbound Interstate 41 in Kenosha County near the Wisconsin-Illinois border. said. Snow, ice, and white conditions also contributed to the crash, according to the state patrol.
Most of southern Wisconsin will remain under winter weather advisories Friday afternoon, with more snow expected Saturday.
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