Man dies in crash on snow-covered I-94 in Racine County

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Associated Press | December 9, 2013

TOWN OF YORKVILLE — The Racine County Sheriff's Office says a man died in a crash on a snowy stretch of Interstate 94 in the Town of Yorkville in southeastern Wisconsin.

Lt. Daniel Klatt confirms it was weather related. It was one of at least two fatalities attributed to Sunday's storm. The other was on Interstate 43 in Milwaukee County.

The Racine County Sheriff's Office says I-94 was snow-covered and very slippery with ice present when the fatal crash happened there. The southbound lanes had to be closed and were not reopened until after 4 p.m.

It was one of around 60 crashes reported in Racine County as of 3:30 p.m., with about half of those happening on I-94, and authorities expect that number to grow as the investigations continue.

Dozens of people suffered injuries as snow contributed to numerous pileups in southern Wisconsin, including a fatal rollover in Milwaukee.

A spokeswoman for Wheaton Franciscan hospitals in Racine and Franklin says they received 40 patients with injuries from motor vehicle crashes over about three hours Sunday. She says most of the injuries were minor.

But WTMJ-TV reports that 18 patients were sent to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee with crash injuries, including six in critical condition.

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office described conditions earlier Sunday as "extremely slippery and dangerous" with multiple pileups, including a fatal rollover on Interstate 43 eastbound at Highway 100.

North of Milwaukee, the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office reports 40 to 50 cars and a semi were involved in crashes on Interstate 43 with an unknown number of injuries.

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