MILWAUKEE — TODAY'S TMJ4 Photojournalist John Drilling was 100 feet from a semi crash that left two people dead on I-41/94 near Highway 20 in Racine County.
Drilling has been a photojournalist with TODAY'S TMJ4 for 40 years, but he’s never been caught in the middle of a scene like he was Wednesday. Drilling witnessed the crash on I-94/41 that killed two and left the interstate closed in both directions all day.
“It’s the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Drilling.
Drilling was on his way back from shooting a story in Racine when he witnessed the crash just before 11am Wednesday. He was there well before law enforcement.
“Right in front of me I saw a semi jump over the median wall and into the traffic that was right in front of me and a second later there was an explosion and the whole crash started on fire,” said Drilling.
Even though Drilling was shaken up he knew he needed to do his job when he saw good Samaritans rendering aid around him.
“There was a man that ran up to the crash and pulled one of the victims out of his car and dragged him away from the fire and it was an extremely brave thing to do,” said Drilling.
This is a day Drilling will never forget.
“It was just indescribable like the violence of the crash.”