One woman has died and at least six others were hospitalized following a 48-car pileup on a Wisconsin freeway Wednesday morning.
Per a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, dispatchers received a series of 911 calls from motorists on Interstate 41 for a multi-vehicle crash involving both passenger vehicles and commercial motor vehicles.
Though vehicles had to be removed from traffic lanes, causing substantial traffic delays, no major injuries were reported.
However, within 15 minutes, dispatchers received new 911 calls for additional multi-vehicle crashes along the freeway.
In a dash camera video taken by William Van Aacken and obtained by WISN, a semitruck is seen hitting a snowplow, causing it to overturn and roll into a ditch.
“Visibility cut and then all the sudden I was seeing the semi in front of me, and then you could see stuff in the ditch on the left and the ditch on the right and then just the unfolding of the semi hitting the dump truck in front of me,” Van Aacken told the outlet.
In total, police say there were 20 different crashes involving 48 vehicles, 38 of which were damaged.
Authorities say a total of six individuals were transported to a nearby hospital with various degrees of injuries. Another 26 were evaluated and treated at the scene.
Per WDJT and WISN, a 37-year-old woman from Tennessee was killed in the event. As of this writing, her name has not been released.
Police say near whiteout snow conditions likely contributed to the massive pileup.
Though the accident left about 50 motorists stranded, they were transported by Rite Way Bus Service Inc. to Pioneer Travel Plaza, which acted as a reunification and investigative point for the incident.
The 20 different crashes between CTH D and STH 60 are currently being investigated by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Slinger Police Department.
Interstate 41 was closed for hours for emergency cleanup.