A tragic SUV-car accident took the life of a Minnesota woman and injured five other people this morning on southbound I-94 in Racine County. The fatal accident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. this morning.
According to the Racine County Sheriff's Department, a Chevy Impala had become disabled in the center lane of the Interstate. The driver called for help, but before the police could arrive to help, an SUV with Minnesota plates crashed head-on into the back of the Chevy.
The female driver of the SUV was ejected from her vehicle by the force of the car accident, and the SUV was crushed up against the median wall. The driver was pronounced dead on the scene. The other car was forced across the roadway and landed in a roadside ditch.
Three of the injured were passengers in the SUV. The other two were in the Chevy Impala. All five were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
A flat-bed truck was needed to carry away the crushed SUV. A tow truck pulled the Chevy out of the ditch.
The fatal car wreck forced the closure of I-94 southbound for hours this morning as accident reconstruction teams attempted to determine the cause of the crash and crews worked to clear the wreckage. The State Patrol has now reopened the freeway.
It is unclear as of yet why the driver of the SUV failed to see the disabled vehicle, although it had not been pulled to the side of the road. Police have not ruled out any potential cause yet, including drunk driving, distracted driving or driver fatigue.
Please drive safely.
Source: TMJ4-TV 4 Milwaukee, "Woman Dead In Crash That Shut Down I-94 in Racine County," Tom Murray and Jay Sorgi, April 22, 2011