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Racine County Sheriff calls on drivers to be cautious on interstate construction zones

Posted at 7:00 AM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 08:00:30-04

A deadly and fiery crash on I-94 had people across Racine County and social media talking about safety.

As of Thursday afternoon, it was unknown what exactly caused a semi truck driver to hit a construction barrier, setting off a deadly chain reaction.

During a news conference Wednesday, Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling said the construction zone on I-94 keeps their team busy.

"We’re there 24 hours, seven days a week. We have extra patrols already. We write more citations than you can imagine," said Schmaling.

He added with extra patrols, he was not sure there was much more they could do to enforcement safe driving. Schmaling also called on drivers to be responsible and cautious when going through the construction zone.

"It’s really too soon after the accident to make any changes because nobody knows exactly what it was that occurred," said Michael Pyritz, Regional Communication Manager for Wisconsin Department of Transporation's Southeast Region.

Some locals said widening the lanes on 94 or lowering the speed limit could help with safety overall in the area.

However, DOT, Schamling, and drivers said safety also comes down to people behind the wheel.