I-94 crash closes highway, injures three

By Cara L. Dempski

MENOMONIE — A multi-vehicle crash involving six people on eastbound interstate 94 in Dunn County sent three people to locals hospitals with injuries.

At 7:42 p.m. on December 21, the Eau Claire post of the Wisconsin State Patrol received a report of a crash at mile marker 45 of eastbound I-94 near Menomonie. Troopers and members of the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department reported to the scene and discovered four vehicles involved in the accident.

According to a State Patrol news release, a vehicle was entering the interstate from the exit 45 eastbound ramp when it lost control and started to spin into the eastbound lanes. A vehicle traveling eastbound on the interstate struck the spinning vehicle head on, and a second eastbound vehicle struck the spinning vehicle shortly after.

A semi trying to avoid the crash slid into the median, but did not strike any other vehicles.

The 30-year-old male driver of the semi, his 31-year-old passenger, and a 20-year-old male driving a Chevy Silverado were not injured in the crash. A 57-year-old man driving a Toyota Highlander received non-life threatening injuries, as did his 56-year-old female passenger. The two were treated at Mayo Hospital in Menomonie. 

A 20-year-old woman was transported to Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire with non-life threatening injuries.

The names of all involved are being withheld pending notification of their families.

The crash closed the eastbound lanes of I-94 for approximately 90 minutes while authorities cleared the roadway. The crash remains under investigation by the State Patrol.