Highway 59 roundabout crash scene cleared

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Shelly Birkelo
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

TOWN OF MILTON--The semi-trailer truck that crashed into a town of Milton roundabout and tipped over onto its side just after midnight Tuesday, on Highway 59 at County M, has cleared.

But now the road is closed through Friday, July 26, due to construction, said Sgt. Matt Jacobson of the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

Both lanes of the highway were shut down until almost 4 a.m. Wednesday after the driver, traveling toward Milton, missed the roundabout and crashed into it causing the trailer's load to shift and tip over onto its side in the westbound lane, he said.

It took almost eight hours to clear the scene since the 2009 Freightliner Day Cab semi tractor and trailer, loaded with boxes filled with paint products, stacked on pallets and wrapped in plastic, had to be unloaded and reloaded into another trailer, Jacobson said.

“It's a tedious process,” he said.

“Some of the boxes broke free but nothing poured out of the truck and everything was contained inside,” he said.

Driver Robert Russell, 53, of Chicago, suffered minor injuries and was extricated by a Milton Fire Department ambulance that took him to Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville, where he was treated and released, Jacobson said.

His was cited for driving too fast for conditions, he said.

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