Three dead after multiple crashes, pileups reported on area freeways

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Three dead after multiple crashes, pileups reported on area freeways

By James Kust. CREATED Dec 8, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec 9, 2013

MILWAUKEE – Three people have died after snowy weather Sunday caused many accidents and pileups around the area, local Sheriff's Office officials confirmed. Many stretches of highways and interstates in the region were closed throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

The fatal crashes occurred in Milwaukee County at I-43 and Highway 100, in Racine County at I-94 and Highway 20, and in Menomonee Falls on US 41/45 southbound, where a 63-year-old man from Franklin was killed.

A fourth fatal crash not related to the weather happened in Dodge County at Highway 68 and County Highway F in the Town of Trenton. A Ford Fusion collided with a semi tractor trailer, which started on fire. Three others were injured in that crash.

Germantown police reported multiple pileups along US 41/45 southbound, including incidents involving approximately 50 and 20 cars, according to Chief Peter Hoell.

In Ozaukee County, another pileup happened on I-43 just north of the Ozaukee/Milwaukee county line, where Sheriff's Office officials say 50-60 cars were involved in an accident. Additionally, about 60 crashes along I-94 were reported in Racine County.

18 patients were sent to Froedtert Hospital due to car crashes during the storm, the hospital said. Six of those patients are currently in critical condition.

In Milwaukee County, the Sheriff's Office says Deputies responded to 46 freeway accidents between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Reports on Twitter also showed the treacherous driving conditions.

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