Search for cause of deadly 10-vehicle crash in Germantown

Search for cause of deadly 10-vehicle crash in Germantown

By The WTMJ News Team. CREATED Nov 8, 2011 - UPDATED: Nov 9, 2011

GERMANTOWN - Investigators were to spend Wednesday trying to find the cause of a crash on U.S. Highway 41/45 that had lanes shut down for more than eight hours.

The crash in Germantown involved two semi trucks and several other vehicles. One person died and six others were hurt.

The crash was on Highway 41/45 near Holy Hill Road in Germantown. People were re-routed all day onto Highway 167. Southbound lanes were closed from about nine a.m. to six p.m.

Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell says of the accident,"it was a huge critical situation and we had as many resources as we could summon, multiple agencies."

TODAY'S TMJ4 report that Germantown police have identified the man who was killed and are in the process of notifying his family.

Chief Hoell tells TODAY'S TMJ4 it's going to be an extensive investigation into what he calls a "major incident" that involved eight vehicles, two semi's, a highway shut down in bad weather, and a hazmat situation with spilled fuel.

The whole thing was seen from Chopper four, and witnesses like Laron Taylor on the ground.
"I saw the debris all over the road. You could see the trail that one of the trucks left by crossing the lane," Taylor told TODAY'S TMJ4.
Police think it started when a car heading north lost control. A semi ran into it from behind, sending the truck across the median and into oncoming traffic. Most of the injured were taken to Community Memorial Hospital.

Robin Ihde is Trauma Nurse at Community Memorial Hospital and she told TODAY'S TMJ4, "our first and foremost concern is for the patients and their families because obviously this is a traumatic situation."
Chief Hoell tells TODAY'S TMJ4 one patient is still in Froedtert Hospital Tuesday night. The others who were injured have been released.

Miraculously, they suffered mainly bumps and bruises.