Fog, freezing fog, contribute to I-43 crashes
TOWN OF TURTLE--Freezing fog led to several crashes on northbound Interstate 43 between Beloit and Clinton on Monday morning, closing northbound lanes.
The first crash was reported at 7:40 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation automated alert system. The scene was cleared at about 9:45 a.m.
Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson of the State Patrol said several people were transported with injuries, some of them serious, but none appeared life-threatening.
Not only was the highway surface slick, but visibility was down to about one-quarter mile, Johnson said. The State Patrol parked some squads with flashing lights to warn drivers before the crashes, Johnson said.
Johnson said he wasn't immediately sure which crash occurred first, but the first one led to a chain reaction.
Johnson noted a pickup truck with four occupants pulling a trailer overturned, throwing at least one person from the vehicle, at Mile Marker 4 northbound.
Another crash was between two cars south of Mile Marker 2, which blocked the northbound lanes, Johnson said.
In another crash, a small truck rear-ended a semitrailer truck, again blocking the highway until the trucks could be pulled apart, Johnson said.
Conditions improved as the sun came out and burned off the fog, Johnson said.
A motorist told The Gazette that Mercyhealth's MD1 and units from the town of Beloit and Janesville fire departments were among those at the scene.