71-year-old Milwaukee County snowplow driver dies in crash

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said the driver suffered serious injuries
Posted at 11:39 AM, Jan 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-02 17:54:33-05

UPDATE: The driver, a 71-year-old man, has died as a result of the crash. Milwaukee County identified the victim as John Manka, a Milwaukee County snowplow operator who died in the crash while on duty.

The county issued the following statement:

Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley has ordered all flags at the County Courthouse to fly at half-staff for February 3rd through 5th in honor and remembrance of the life of John Manka, a Milwaukee County snowplow operator who died in a crash while on duty on January 20, 2023.

Survived by his loving wife of 30 years Heidi, lovingly remembered by his 4 children Shannon Wendorf, Dawn Wozniarski, Eric Wozniarski, Krista Johnson. Sisters Jean Stephan, Carol Kuehn, Chris Czysz. Grandchildren Dominick, Christian, Neveah, Brooklyn, Eli, Chance, Reagen, Jase, Stella, Ayla and Great grandchild Kingsly. He is loved and respected by many.

Special thanks to his Milwaukee County Highway Family and the Nurses & Doctors at Froedtert Hospital. He was an avid Harley rider belonging to the Rock River Hog Chapter. He enjoyed going to Packers games with family and friends. He also loved supporting all his children and grandchildren at their sporting events.

A "Celebration of Life" has been planned for February 4th 2023 2pm-7pm at the Oak Creek American Legion Lower Hall, 9327 S. Shepard Ave., Oak Creek, WI 53154.


I-894 southbound is completely closed at Beloit Road after a plow was involved in a serious crash.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office is on the scene but it did not release specific details on what happened.

A tweet from the sheriff's office says the driver of the plow has serious injuries.

A plow was involved in a serious crash on I-41/894 on Friday.

TMJ4 News has a crew on the scene working to learn more.

This is a developing story. TMJ4 News will update this article as we learn more.

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