I-90/39 traffic backed up to Beloit

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Friday, July 9, 2010
— Both lanes of northbound traffic on Interstate 90/39 are open, but traffic is still moving 30 to 40 mph after a U-Haul accident caused backups nearly to the state line.

Traffic cameras show traffic backed up to Beloit, at least 12 miles from the accident scene at exit 171c in Janesville.

The Wisconsin State Patrol opened both lanes at about noon, but it’s a “matter of time” before the traffic will clear, a dispatcher said.

The accident happened at 9:26 a.m. when a U-Haul truck left the road and clipped a road sign that damaged one of the diesel tanks on the vehicle. That caused a small leak—less than 5 gallons—and some of the diesel fuel and contents of the truck started on fire, according to Janesville Fire Department officials at the scene.

No one was injured.

The truck flipped onto the driver’s side, and firefighters had to cut holes through the roof to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters and Wisconsin State Patrol responders are emptying the truck’s contents into the ditch to transfer into another vehicle.

Here's a view from the Racine Street exit:

Last updated: 2:24 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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