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21 injured in massive crash on Janesville freeway: 30 vehicles involved, semi catches fire

The Wisconsin State Patrol said snow, ice and whiteout conditions were factors in the Rock County crash.
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Posted at 1:21 PM, Jan 27, 2023

JANESVILLE, Wis. — 21 people were injured after dozens of vehicles including semi trucks collided due to winter conditions in Rock County on Friday.

The freeway pileup happened near Milepost 181 between Beloit and Janesville. All lanes finally reopened about nine hours around 9:10 p.m.

Watch: Large crashes in Rock County, courtesy Tammie Kingcade Hilgart

Massive crash on Janesville freeway

Watch: Beloit portion of the crash, courtesy John Kaspar

Video of Beloit crash from John Kaspar

Rock County Communications tells TMJ4 News about 30 vehicles were involved in the crash.

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Photo of the Beloit portion of crash
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Photo of the Beloit portion of crash

The Wisconsin State Patrol said snow, ice, and whiteout conditions were factors in the Rock County crash.

The Beloit/Janesville area saw 2.2 inches of snow over the last 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.

These are the latest reports from WisDOT:

Latest info:
Alternate Route: NB: EXIT 183 (HWY C/Shopiere Rd). South to HWY BT. West to HWY G. North to HWY 11. East back to I-39/90 SB: EXIT HWY 11. West to HWY G. South to HWY S. North back to I-39/90

Additional Info: All lanes blocked at MM 181 on NB/SB I-39/90 in Rock County due to crash

Previous info:
I-39/90 South CLOSED at WIS 11 West/Avalon Rd because of a crash. Southbound traffic should take EXIT 177 (HWY 11/Avalon Rd). Turn right and proceed west on HWY 11 to HWY G. Turn left and proceed south on HWY G to HWY BT. Turn left and proceed east on HWY BT to HWY S. Turn left and proceed north on HWY S to I-39/90. Last Updated 1/27/23, 1:21 PM.

I-39/90 North CLOSED beyond Ramp from County S because of a crash. Northbound traffic should take EXIT 183 (HWY S/Shopiere Rd). Turn left and proceed south on HWY S to HWY BT. Turn right and proceed west on HWY B to HWY G. Turn right and proceed north on HWY G to HWY 11. Turn right and proceed east on HWY 11 to I-39/90. Last Updated 1/27/23, 1:12 PM.

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At this time no injuries have been reported.

Meanwhile in Kenosha County, authorities responded to a large crash involving semi-trucks.That crash shut down northbound lanes along the stateline.

Winter conditions continue in many portions of Wisconsin. WisDOT video shows snow-covered roads in the Janesville area.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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