A Cadott-area couple were injured and had to be removed from their car after it slid into the side of a semi-truck doing a U-turn on Highway 124 in Lake Hallie on Friday morning.
The driver was reported in serious condition, Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal Smokowicz said. Smokowicz did not want to identify the couple until their relatives are notified. Both are over age 65, he said.
The crash was reported on Highway 124 at N. Joles Parkway at 5:07 a.m. and caused the southbound lanes of the highway at 40th Avenue to be closed for two hours.
Smokowicz said southbound drivers fended for themselves in trying to find another route while the lanes were closed. Traffic was still light on the road while the lanes were being cleared of the vehicles in the crash, he said.
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The Cadott couple’s four-door 2005 Hyundai hit the side of the semi while the semi was trying to turn.
The car was going southbound from the direction of Chippewa Falls.
The truck was originally heading northbound when he realized he was going in the wrong direction.
The truck driver, a 45-year-old male from Ingalls, Ind., then tried to make a u-turn at a place that allows that maneuver. The car then hit the truck in the middle of the trailer.
The driver of the truck was not injured.
The Wisconsin State Patrol was asked to assist Lake Hallie Police with an accident reconstruction.
Alcohol does not appear to be a factor but test results are not available.
The State Patrol reconstruction investigation will assist in determining if speed was a factor.
No charges have been filed pending further investigation.