Dunn County crash on I-94 claims life of Kentucky man

MENOMONIE — A Kentucky man was killed after he lost control of the pickup truck he was driving and collided with a semi on Interstate 94 in Dunn County  near Menomonie January 31. 

Clint Earl Huff, 36, of Franklin, Kentucky died when his 2000 Ford F-250 pickup truck, that was pulling a semi-trailer loaded with industrial fans, jack-knifed on westbound I-94 near Menomonie and eventually struck a semi tractor-trailer.

Huff was pinned in his vehicle and did not survive the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the semi unit that was also involved in the crash,  Laurence R. Hartl, age 67 of Naperville, Illinois, was not injured.

According to a news release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, the fatal accident occurred at approximately 9:11 p.m. last Tuesday, January 31, 2017, in the westbound lanes of I-94 at mile marker 43 near the Menomonie rest area ramp. 

Upon arriving at the accident scene, a State Patrol Trooper discovered that Huff’s 2000 Ford F-250 pick-up truck and the large goose neck flatbed trailer it was hauling in a ditch along the northside of the roadway. 

Further investigation revealed that Huff was traveling in the right lane, began to lose control, and then jack-knifed. His vehicle continued to slide down the road, striking a 2009 Volvo semi tractor, and came to rest in the right (North) ditch near the rest area ramp with the trailer landing on top of the truck. 

The driver of the pick-up truck, Clint Earl Huff, age 36 of Franklin, Kentucky, was pinned in the vehicle and did not survive the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the WI State Patrol. Assisting agencies included Menomonie Police Department, Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, Menomonie Fire Department, Menomonie EMS, and Mayo One.