FRIDAY 5/21/2021 10:15 a.m.
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – The Grand Chute Police Department has provided an update on the crash that closed lanes on I-41 northbound in Appleton for eight hours on Friday morning.
Police say that the first incident began shortly before 1 a.m. when officers responded to Interstate 41 near College Avenue for a report of a motor vehicle crash.
Upon arrival, officers say they located an SUV and a large box truck that were involved in the crash. The SUV was reportedly on fire when officers arrived and was extinguished using fire extinguishers by officers and a bystander that were on the scene.
Officers say they were able to locate the driver of the SUV in the vehicle. The driver of the SUV was reported dead at the scene. Authorities say the driver of the box truck was taken to a hospital for injuries. Their condition remains unknown at this time.
Due to the crash, I-41 northbound lanes were closed for several hours for crash reconstruction and investigation into the cause of the collision. Officials report that as a result of the first crash a secondary crash occurred in the same location. The drivers from both vehicles involved in the second crash were reportedly taken to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.
Officers say the investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Grand Chute Police Department.
UPDATE: I-41 NB in Appleton reopened after eight hours
FRIDAY 5/21/2021 9:05 a.m.
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – All lanes of I-41 northbound in Appleton have been reopened after a crash and vehicle fire closed the highway for eight hours.
According to authorities, the incident happened around 1:00 a.m., and was cleared around 9:00 a.m. The incident happened near WIS 125.
There is no information on the cause of the crash or if there were any injuries.
Local 5 will update this story if more information becomes available.
ORIGINAL: All lanes of I-41 NB in Appleton closed due to vehicle fire
FRIDAY 5/21/2021 5:09 a.m.
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – A vehicle fire has clsoed all lanes of I-41 northbound in Appleton.
According to authorities, I-41 northbound is closed from College Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue. The estimated duration of the closure is over two hours.
The incident reportedly happened around 1:00 a.m.
First responders are on the scene. There is no information regarding the cause of the incident.
Local 5 will update this story as more information becomes available.