Dashcam video shows the moment a semi-truck hits a snowplow during a 48-car pileup in Wisconsin
Dashcam video shows terrifying moment a semi-truck hits a snowplow during a 48-car pileup in Wisconsin that leaves one dead
- Dangerous whiteout conditions suddenly hit Wisconsin on Wednesday morning
- A dashcam video shows the moment a semi-truck hit a snowplow, knocking it over into a ditch due to the sudden blizzard conditions that affected drivers
- The semi-truck and snowplow were involved in a 48-car pileup that left a 37-year-old woman dead and six people injured
- At least 20 different crashes occurred on Interstate 41 due to the weather
- While the conditions were dangerous, April snow is not uncommon in Wisconsin
Published: 14:58, 22 April 2021 | Updated: 15:35, 22 April 2021
The accident happened in Polk, Wisconsin along Interstate 41, approximately an hour northwest of Milwaukee.
In the dashcam video, a truck can be seen driving up ahead as snow conditions and low visibility sweep the highway.
Suddenly, it comes across a semi-truck turned sideways blocking several lanes of traffic and multiple stationary cars. The driver appears to try and brake and the truck begins to swerve.
While swerving to narrowly avoid at least three overturned cars, the truck crashes into a snowplow, which rolls over and down into a ditch. The truck, meanwhile, is badly damaged in the crash, ripped apart by the impact.
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A 48-car pileup in Wisconsin on Wednesday left a snowplow rolled over in a ditch
Eventually, however, it hit the snowplow, which turned the vehicle on its side
According to FOX6, dispatchers in Washington County began taking calls around 11:15am local time about an accident on the highway.
While no major injuries were reported during the first calls, more calls began coming in by 11:30am.
Ultimately, a 37-year-old woman from Trenton, Tennessee who has not yet been identified was killed in the crash.
Six others were injured and treated at local hospitals.
Another 26 were evaluated and treated at the scene of the crash, according to CBS 58.
Two Fight for Life helicopters were dispatched to the crash, as were firefighters and ambulances from a number of nearby towns.
‘Clearly there were some people that were in worse condition than others and I kept triaging,’ ER nurse Laura Calp, who came to the aid of the pileup crash, said to FOX6.
Dashcam video from a Tesla shows the scary moment a semi collided with the snowplow
The semi-truck managed to avoid several of the cars already pulled over due to the weather
William Van Aacken, who recorded the semi-truck crash on his Tesla dashcam video, said the dangerous whiteout conditions appeared out of nowhere and that it wasn’t even snowing when he got on the road earlier.
‘Visibility cut and then all the sudden I was seeing the semi in front of me and then you could see stuff in the ditch on the left and the ditch on the right and then just the unfolding of the semi hitting the dump truck in front of me,’ Van Aacken said to WISN 12.
He ultimately provided a copy of the video to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to aid in their investigation of the accident.
A driver of another semi-truck also spoke to WISN 12 about the accident.
‘Everything just, it all happened so fast,’ Paul Wolf said. ‘I was slowing way down and all that, but you couldn’t see nothing.
It was just a complete whiteout.’
After the crash, authorities closed the road, forcing drivers off the highway to avoid further accidents.
The truck was bypassing a pileup that had already seemingly began on Interstate 41
The crash was so strong it tore apart the truck and left debris scattered across the road
Pictured: Another angle of the moment of impact that damaged the truck and snowplow
A bus company needed to transport around 50 motorists to nearby Pioneer Travel Plaza to get them away from the crash.
To clean up the accidents, trucks needed to be towed out of ditches, smashed cars were taken away on flatbeds, and a sweeper collected the debris.
There were at least 20 different crashes along Interstate 41 Wednesday caused by sudden bursts of snow and whiteout conditions that appeared out of nowhere.
Around the time of the crash, the National Weather Service issued a statement about the potentially dangerous weather.
‘Scattered snow showers and isolated thundersnow will affect areas from Fond du Lac County down to Walworth County and east through much of the afternoon,’ the NWS said at 11:18am.
‘The main concern with these snow showers is the likelihood of significantly reduced visibilities at times to a quarter mile or less, causing hazardous driving conditions.’
While the sudden burst of whiteout conditions was frightening, snow is not unheard of for Wisconsin in April.
FOX6 reports that two of Wisconsin’s biggest cities, Milwaukee and Madison, each average around two inches of snow each April.
That average has increased in Milwaukee to 3.7 inches per April over the past five years, with at least one snowfall occurring in four of the five years.
In 2018, 10 inches of snow fell in April in Milwaukee, the highest total in recent years and the sixth-most in the city’s history.
The cold in Wisconsin is part of a chill moving across the country, with cities including Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Detroit seeing record snowfall earlier this week.
On Wednesday night, snow fell in parts of the central Appalachians, as well as the eastern Great Lakes and northern New England.
Temperatures are dropping to below-freezing across those areas on Thursday, with temperatures approaching that point as far south as Georgia and Mississippi, potentially.
The temperatures in many of those areas are below the typical averages for this time of year.
Many interior parts of the Northeast United States will also experience potential freezing temperatures from Thursday night into Friday.
Accuweather reports areas of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and central New England are at risk for at least one day of frost into May.
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