Interstate 41 shuts down to clean up after snow caused pileup accident

Should open early Wednesday morning
Posted at 10:12 PM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 23:12:50-04

Interstate 41 southbound near Slinger is shutdown for the second day in a row, though this time it was planned.

The interstate closed between Highways 60 and 145 starting at 7 p.m. and should reopen some time after midnight. Police and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are still cleaning up from the massive pile up Monday during the snow storm.

Drivers say they were driving on I-41 Monday when they could barely see.

"All of a sudden it was like a white out. It was semis jack knifed and it was cars everywhere," said Derrick Sekeres of West Bend.

Crews spent all Monday towing away the cars., but they could not get the semi trucks.

"Based on the weather conditions and the other traffic conditions, the highway would already be shutting down for numerous hours, we determined it would safest to just let them in place," said Lt. Ryan Herman of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff’s department and state patrol decided Tuesday night would be the right time to get the semis.

The crews had to do much more than just pull the semis. They first had to unload the trucks, then get them flipped upright before they could be towed away. Police are anticipating it to take at least five hours to get the trucks moved.

"It's a rather large operation there are approximately 15 tow trucks between the 3 wrecker services assisting tonight," Herman said.

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