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Drivers near West Allis desperate for gas and bathroom after trapped on I-94 for hours

Posted at 9:40 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 23:34:33-04

WEST ALLIS, Wis. — A deadly crash kept I-94 shut down for nearly four hours during the evening rush. It left drivers stuck on the highway so long some almost ran out of gas. Others desperately needed a bathroom.

"I was just coming home from work and right before I hit Mooreland is right when it all stopped, completely stopped," said Mindi Kerwin who was driving from Pewaukee to Cudahy.

Kerwin and others had nowhere to exit between Mooreland and Highway 100, so they could not do anything but sit.

"For an hour and 45 minutes," said Kerwin. "I had to pee the whole time. So that was the first thing I did right when I got off the freeway."

The Cudahy woman was not the only one in desperate straits. Jared Farrell's car was on empty.

"I was out of gas and had to use the emergency lane to get all the way over," he said. "People were trying to block me from getting past them."

They all said for awhile they did not know what was going on. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said someone died in a crash on the freeway. It appears a motorcycle might have been traveling on the ramp on Highway 100, but the majority of the investigation and the ambulance was below the ramp.

"That is very terrible," said Farrell.

It took nearly four hours before the freeway was reopened.

"I am happy to be off," said Farrell.