Wisconsin officials expect a 34-mile stretch of Interstate 94 to remain closed overnight after a series of crashes involving “several dozen” vehicles on Thursday morning.
According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, no re-entry is allowed on the freeway between exits 81 (Foster) and 115 (Black River Falls) Thursday afternoon due to accidents that occurred earlier.
According to WITI-TV, dozens of vehicles were involved in a series of accidents in Jackson County, located in western Wisconsin. Freezing conditions were likely the cause of the accidents, which were reported early in the morning.
Despite the number of accidents, authorities said there had been no fatalities and all other reported injuries “did not appear to be life threatening.”
Freezing rain caused slippery conditions between Menomonie and Black River Falls, authorities said, and a semi-trailer slid into the median near Hixton, catching fire with two other cars nearby.
Numerous other accidents and runoffs occurred as a result of the initial collision, forcing authorities to close the freeway in both directions.
State police believe at least three dozen vehicles were involved in the crash after initial reports indicated nearly 100 were involved.
It is not yet known when the road will reopen.