Fog a factor in Columbia County crashes; Man struck, injured directing traffic, officials say

Posted at 9:25 AM, Jul 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 10:25:30-04
ARLINGTON, Wis. - One person has been taken to the hospital with serious injuries after he was trying to direct traffic around a crash in the fog near Arlington Tuesday morning, WISC-TV reported Tuesday morning.
U.S. Highway 51 near Arlington was closed in both directions after multiple traffic incidents in the area, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Columbia County dispatch confirmed fog is a factor in the crashes. 
According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, a semi hit a vehicle near the intersection of Highway 51 and Goose Pond Road, which resulted in minor injuries. However, another person got out and tried to direct traffic around the crash and was hit. He was taken by paramedics to a hospital with serious injuries.
Nearby, a school bus rolled over near the corner of Highways 51 and 60. The bus was empty at the time except for the driver. The driver received minor injuries in the crash.
Nearby businesses said the crashes all occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Residents said visibility was near zero at the time because of fog in the area.
Highway 51 near the Goosepond Road crash was reopen by 8:15 a.m., the DOT said.
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