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Chain reaction crash results in damaged squad car in Racine Co.

Posted at 7:37 AM, Apr 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-01 14:28:06-04

RACINE — Three of the southbound lanes on I-41 at WIS 20 were closed Friday morning after a chain-reaction crash led to a damaged squad car.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office responded to I-41/94 southbound at WIS 20 shortly before 7 a.m. Friday. When they arrived, they found a truck had lost control and hit the center median, resulting in it blocking one lane of traffic.

Deputies began to work the scene and closed one lane of traffic. Three cars stopped behind the crash and were waiting to switch lanes when a fourth car lost control and hit the third vehicle. That then led to a chain reaction.

Racine County Sheriff's Office said the front vehicle in the chain reaction then hit and damaged a deputy's squad car.

The remaining lanes on I-41/94 southbound were then closed while the scene was cleared. All lanes were closed for 15 minutes before deputies opened one lane for traffic to get through.

Officials said the person driving the vehicle that started the chain reaction suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene and released. They had no signs of impairment, and officials believe slippery conditions may have contributed to the crash.

The deputy in the squad car was not injured. The drivers of the other three vehicles were also unharmed.

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