ELK MOUND — Two people were injured when a garbage truck collided with a semi-truck on state Highway 29 near Elk Mound.
The accident happened at 7:40 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, on Highway 29 at 40th Street in the Town of Wheaton.
According to a news release from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, the garbage truck was driven by David Hunt, 32, of Eau Claire, and the semi was driven by Ty Linden, 47, of Deer Park.
The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department reports that Hunt, the driver of the garbage truck, failed to yield to eastbound traffic as he crossed Highway 29 at 40th Street.
Linden’s semi truck was traveling east on Highway 29 when the garbage truck struck the semi tractor just behind the cab.
Highway 29 was closed for nearly six hours for clean-up and investigation of the accident.
Hunt was transported to Mayo Eau Claire by Chippewa Fire District paramedics.
Linden was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire by Eau Claire Fire and Rescue paramedics.
According to news reports, a spokesperson for the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department said that the driver of the garbage truck was in very serious condition but that the condition of the semi driver was unknown.
Thursday, November 21, was a foggy, cloudy and misty morning, although the news release from the sheriff’s department did not indicate whether the fog was a factor in the accident.
The Wisconsin State Patrol assisted the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department in the accident investigation.
Highway 29 was open to traffic again by about 1:30 p.m. that afternoon.
As of Friday morning, no information was available from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department about the condition of either driver.