Four people were killed when the minivan they were in was hit by two semi-trailer trucks Thursday night on Interstate 39/90/94 near DeForest, the State Patrol said.
The crash happened shortly before 10:15 p.m. at mile marker 124 on I-39/90/94 south, Sgt. Adam Zoch said in a statement.
The incident began when a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander stopped to assist a Honda Civic that was disabled on the right shoulder. When the minivan pulled back into traffic, it was hit by two semis, killing all four occupants of the van, Zoch said.
The occupants included a 36-year-old woman from Lyndon Station who was the driver, and an 18-year-old man from Lyndon Station and a 39-year-old man from Wisconsin Dells who were passengers. No details were available on the third passenger.
No names were released.
The drivers of the 2011 Freightliner and 1994 Kenworth semis — a 25-year-old man from Ashland, Ohio, and a 61-year-old man From Havana, Illinois, respectively — were not injured, Zoch said.
I-39/90/94 south was closed at Highway 60 for about three hours. DeForest fire, EMS and police, Dane County and Columbia County sheriff’s offices, the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Columbia County Highway Department assisted with the response and investigation.
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