UPDATE: I-90/39 reopened after semitrailer truck accidents
NEWVILLE—Authorities reopened the northbound lanes of Interstate 90/39 near Newville early Thursday, hours of blockage from one semitrailer truck being struck by another.
Police were cautioned motorists in Rock County to stay off I-90/39, and authorities rerouted northbound traffic, but traffic was cleared and lanes were reopened shortly before 1 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release.
A dispatcher with the Wisconsin State Patrol said police and emergency officials responded to two semitrailer trucks that crashed near mile marker 164 in the westbound lanes of I-90/39 just south of Newville around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday.
According to a separate news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, a semitrailer truck operated by Sergio Atilano, 24, Palatine, Ill., was disabled on the right shoulder, overhanging the lane of traffic.
A second semitrailer truck operated by Adam R. Holm, 28, Palatine, Ill., struck the first, and impact caused the Atilano's truck truck to jacknife into the traffic lanes.
The release indicated Holm was transported to St. Mary's Janesville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The crash cleanup lasted several hours and resulted in traffic backups.
Officials closed lanes and exits near the accident, which happened just south of the Highway 59 exit, according to Rock County 911 dispatch.
Police as far south as Janesville handled traffic backups and directed traffic off the interstate, and police blocked some on-ramps to the interstate on the north side of Janesville, according to scanner traffic and a news release from the Janesville Police Department.
Northbound traffic on I-39/90 near Janesville was rerouted onto Highway 14 to Highway 51.
Scanner traffic reports indicated at least two vehicles disregarded police-imposed detours at Janesville and headed north on I-90/39. A driver in a pickup truck on Highway 14 in Janesville almost hit a police officer who was directing traffic, according to police scanner traffic.