Semi spill closes highway
Eastbound lanes closed nearly four hours after crash
By Greg Seubert
Emergency, towing and cleanup crews remained on the scene Thursday, Oct. 20, following a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 10 involving a semitrailer hauling salvage.
The truck’s contents spilled onto the highway between Morgan Drive and County Trunk Q, about 4 miles west of Waupaca in the town of Farmington, shortly before 7 a.m.
The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office shut down the two eastbound lanes of the highway after the accident, which remains under investigation. The lanes were re-opened shortly before 11 a.m.
According to the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, a sports utility vehicle was traveling east on U.S. 10 when a deer jumped in front of the vehicle about one-half mile east of Morgan Drive.
The crash with the deer caused the hood of the vehicle to release into the windshield obstructing the drivers view.
A semitrailer was directly behind the vehicle and unable to slow down in time. The truck then swerved and struck the rear driver’s side of the other vehicle.
The truck’s trailer was fully loaded with scrap metal and overturned, causing it to spill the metal onto the highway.
A female passenger was trapped in the sports utility vehicle and the Waupaca Fire Department extricated her from the vehicle. Gold Cross Ambulance provided on-scene medical care and she was airlifted to Thedacare Regional Medical Center in Neenah. She suffered critical but non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the tractor trailer was taken to Thedacare Waupaca with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash is currently under investigation by the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office.