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WI State Patrol: One fatality in I-90 crash

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La Crosse County Mass Casualty Unit at scene of I-90 crash La Crosse County Mass Casualty Unit at scene of I-90 crash
Police directing traffic through La Crescent during detour due to accident on I-90. Police directing traffic through La Crescent during detour due to accident on I-90.
Photo from Jimmy Kruckow Photo from Jimmy Kruckow

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - UPDATE: The Wisconsin State Patrol said that there was one fatality in a multiple vehicle crash Thursday morning on I-90 near French Island.

A WSP spokesperson said that additional details on the crash would be released later on Thursday. A Tri-State Ambulance spokesperson told WXOW that two people were taken by ambulance from the scene. One of the people transported had life threatening injuries while the second person had non-life threatening injuries.

A State Patrol trooper at the crash site earlier on Thursday said that it appears that traffic had slowed in the eastbound lane of traffic for drivers to merge onto I-90 from Exit 2 at French Island. From their early investigation, the trooper said a dump truck didn't slow down and struck a car from behind, which in turn caused a chain reaction involving five other vehicles.

Both the dump truck and car went off the road and into the median where they caught fire after the crash.  The other vehicles involved were pushed to both sides of the road. 

It took several hours to re-open I-90 in each direction while the scene was cleared. Traffic was detoured through La Crosse during that time.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The Wisconsin State Patrol said there are “fatalities” following a crash Thursday morning on Interstate 90. The State Patrol has not released anymore details at this time. News 19 was told by Tri-State Ambulance that two people were transported to a local hospital. One person had life threatening injuries, another person had non-life threatening injuries.

The crash happened shortly before 8 a.m. near the construction zone just east of the Minnesota border. The State Patrol said they believe traffic was slowing down in the east bound lane as drivers merged onto the Interstate form Exit 2. Troopers said it appears the driver of the dump truck did not slow and hit a vehicle from behind causing a chain reaction. The State Patrol said five vehicles were involved and the dump truck.

Interstate 90 was closed for several hours Thursday morning as emergency responders worked to clear the crash site. As of 11 a.m. Thursday, crews were still on scene of the crash continuing their investigation. The Interstate is open, but the Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising drivers to use caution in that area and drive slow.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - UPDATE: Eastbound Interstate 90 traffic has re-opened near the Mississippi River bridge after a vehicle crash on the Wisconsin side, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.   Motorist are still advised to use caution on the Interstate as law enforcement and others remain at the crash scene.

Tri-State Ambulance told News 19 they have transported two people.  One person had life threatening injuries another had non life threatening injuries.  Tri-State told News 19 possibly five vehicles were involved including a dump truck.   
We have a crew on scene and will continue to update this story as we receive information.
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - UPDATE: Tri-State Ambulance told News 19 they have transported two people this morning following a serious crash on I-90 near the I-90 bridge construction.  The crash happened around 8 a.m.  Tri-State said one person had life threatening injuries another had non life threatening injuries.  Tri-State told News 19 possibly five vehicles were involved including a dump truck.  The WI State Patrol recently opened the westbound lanes on I-90 but the eastbound lanes remain closed.  The State Patrol said it maybe closed for up to two hours.  Traffic is backed up and alternate routes have been setup around the crash site.  We have a crew on scene and will continue to update this story as we receive information.

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 LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The Wisconsin State Patrol is advising those who need to travel on I-90 into Minnesota to take an alternate route due to a serious accident near the I-90 bridge.

Alternate Route: Exit 2 eastbound right onto CTH B to STH 53 northbound to I-90 eastbound


The Minnesota Department of Transportation is detouring eastbound traffic south on Highway 61 to La Crescent and east into La Crosse.  From there drivers can connect back to I-90. 


Both lanes on I-90 remain closed at this time following an accident that happened around 8 this morning.  News 19 has a crew near the crash site.  We will continue to update this story as we receive information.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – UPDATE: Interstate 90 has closed in both directions near the Mississippi River bridge after a vehicle crash on the Wisconsin side, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

I-90 traffic in both directions has been delayed. A detour route is expected to be established and will be reported by MnDOT when it is set. Motorists should follow the directions of State Patrol and other law enforcement on the scene.

Motorists should expect delays.

News 19 does have a crew near the scene.  We will continue to follow this story.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The Wisconsin State Patrol said I-90 Eastbound and Westbound is closed near the construction zone due to an accident.  News 19 photographer Jimmy Kruckow is near the crash site.  He said traffic is at a stand still.  We will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.
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