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Ice and snow snarl traffic, cause crash

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Stacy Vogel
February 10, 2008
— A short snowfall followed by rapidly dropping temperatures and high winds caused traffic problems throughout the state Saturday night, including in Rock County.

The Janesville Fire Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 14 near Harmony Town Hall Road, Harmony Township, around 6:30 p.m.


Three ambulances transported five people to the hospital from that accident, although no injuries appeared to be life-threatening, Shift Commander Craig Jones said.


Runoffs on Interstate 90/39 caused slowdowns in several spots in Rock and Dane counties. Three semi-trailer trucks jackknifed between the 177 and 179 mile markers south of Janesville between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., slowing traffic in both directions for 1 hours. No injuries were reported in those incidents, said Brian Becker, shift supervisor with the Rock County Communications Center.


The Wisconsin State Patrol reported complete blockage and whiteout conditions at 4:25 p.m. after a crash on the Interstate near Stoughton. At 8 p.m., the Wisconsin State Patrol announced several runoffs, backups and delays between Edgerton and Madison.


A Walworth County dispatcher said the roads there were icy and snow-covered but reported no more runoffs than usual.


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation urged drivers to stay off the roads Saturday because of the ice and blowing snow.


High winds are expected to continue throughout the morning today, although they might ease up somewhat in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Expect blowing snow and dangerously cold wind chills.



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