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Interstate lanes open following fiery, fatal crash

Posted at 6:41 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 07:43:12-04

MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (AP) -- All lanes of Interstate 94 in Racine County are open following a fiery, fatal crash involving two semis and several other vehicles.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office said the northbound lanes reopened early Thursday morning after repairs were made to the roadway.

The two semis exploded into flames near Mount Pleasant on Wednesday killing both drivers and setting other vehicles on fire. Authorities say one semi was southbound and hit a construction barrier, overcorrected and crashed onto a median that separated northbound traffic. That caused three northbound cars to crash, injuring two people.

Another semi traveling northbound went into a ditch while trying to avoid hitting the vehicles that had just crashed. Both trailers burst into flames and set other cars on fire, sending dark plumes of smoke into the sky.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends those traveling northbound to exit on WIS 11 east to WIS 31, WIS 31 north to Ryand Rd. and Ryan Rd. west back to I-41/94.

AP-WF-06-20-19 1044GMT