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Multiple crashes due to slick roads

Authorities respond to several accidents during winter weather on New Year's Day
Posted at 10:32 PM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 00:00:55-05

A multi-car crash on Interstate 94 forced a shutdown in Racine County on New Year's Day, one of several accidents reported during an afternoon of winter weather.

Shortly after noon, the Racine County Sheriff Office says crews responded to a crash involving multiple vehicles on Interstate 94 near State Highway 11 and Durand Avenue.

Crews closed the southbound lanes and rerouted hundreds of cars via State Highway 20.

Some cars were backed up on the interstate, but crews opened it back up to traffic around 2:30 p.m.

TMJ4 crews captured two cars in the ditch and a semi truck turned around along I-43 near Mequon Friday afternoon, as well as a downed traffic light near the I-94 on ramp at Drexel Avenue.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office tweeted around 9 p.m. Friday its crews had responded to 38 weather-related calls for service, including, "19 property damage crashes, two personal injury crashes, and 17 disabled vehicles."

Some people who were driving in the wintry conditions said they were concentrating on safety.

"I'm driving slower, you got to," Joseph Jenkins said. "You got to think about the ice, you got to pay attention to the drivers around you, if somebody is swerving in front of you, you got to stay farther back."

Later in the evening people in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee brought out their shovels and snowblowers to get a head start.

"Doesn’t bother me, it’s got to be done," Sandy Wajer said. "I figured it would be easier to do it tonight when it’s soft, before everybody walks on it."

Meanwhile, some families decided to go sledding and enjoy quality time together on the holiday.

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