Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wrong-way Driver Burned To Death At I-43/I-94 High-rise Bridge Collision With UPS Semi-trailer

A wrong-way driver was burn to death after crashing into a UPS semi-trailer on I-43/I-94 high-rise bridge and W. National Ave., according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

November 1, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - On Wednesday, a wrong-way driver going southbound on the northbound I-43/I-94 on the high-rise bridge on W. National Ave. around 3:45 a.m. was burned to death after the vehicle crashed head-on into a UPS semi-trailer heading northbound and caught fire, according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office. Acting Milwaukee County Sheriff Richard Schmidt during a press conference described the incident at the high-rise bridge as "catastrophic" and that an off-duty police officer on the highway who stopped at the scene attempted to pull the unconscious driver from the vehicle, but flames forced him to fall back.
The unconscious driver and the vehicle were burned to the point that authorities are having a difficult time in identifying the deceased driver and the type of vehicle that it was.
The semi-driver who survived the crash told deputies at the scene that he noticed a vehicle coming at him head on without lights and couldn't swerve to avoid it because another vehicle was on the lane next to him. When the crash occurred, the UPS semi-trailer driver managed to exit the trailer with reported injuries to his knees and feet. Most of the packages in the UPS trailer were burned as well.
The high-rise bridge going northbound remained closed for eight hours during the investigation.
Sheriff Schmidt says, that 81 wrong-way incidents have been reported for 2017 in Milwaukee County and most involved drugs or alcohol except one when an elderly driver got into the highway the wrong-way by mistake.

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