Northbound I-94 re-opened in Oak Creek after five-vehicle crash

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Northbound I-94 re-opened in Oak Creek after five-vehicle crash

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Mar 22, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 22, 2012

Click on the video link to see raw video of the crash scene from Chopper 4.

MILWAUKEE - A serious five-vehicle crash on I-94 in Oak Creek brought about the full closure of one side of the freeway, a closure that lasted more than 10 hours.

The crash happened at 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the northbound lanes at Puetz Road.   Crews re-opened the freeway at about 10:45 a.m.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department says three semis and two cars were involved in the crash.

Flight for Life was called to the crash scene.  TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady reports that at least one person had to be extricated from their vehicle.

One man who was driving a semi truck has been taken to a local hospital with what authorities described as serious injuries.  A sheriff's official told McCrady that the man should survive his injuries.

Investigators said that crews had to manually unload two of the semis involved in the crash.  That process brought about the delay in re-opening the freeway lanes.

"It's just outrageous," said David Hovet.  "I've never had this happen before.  We just didn't move.  We sat still for at least an hour, even longer."

"I was shocked.  When I hung a right, I didn't expect it to be this far back," said another driver, Mike Jelacic.

The freeway was backed up for miles into Racine County.  Side streets were just as bad.

TODAY'S TMJ4 cameras found drivers turning around often, finding different routes.

"Looks like I'm side-streeting it to New Berlin," said Jelacic.

Investigators were searching for the cause of the crash.