THURSDAY 8/29/19 10:15 a.m.
APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – In a phone call with Local 5, Wisconsin State Patrol says a pickup truck driver eating in his vehicle while driving led to a seven-vehicle chain reaction crash on I-41 in Appleton around 7:30 Thursday morning.
Authorities say traffic was at a standstill and the driver of a Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck towing a trailer wasn’t able to stop fast enough as he approached the traffic jam.
Five of the vehicles involved in the accident were in front of the pickup truck while one other vehicle involved was behind.
Officers say none of the seven vehicles involved had any passengers – only the drivers were in the vehicles.
The pickup truck driver was cited for inattentive driving, open intoxicants, and possession of alcohol while operating a commercial motor vehicle; his license has been suspended.
State Patrol has confirmed alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
Police remind the public to keep enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and to not drive distracted.
The scene has been cleared and the highway has been reopened.
The responding agencies were Appleton Fire, Appleton Police, Outagamie County Sheriff, Outagamie Highway Department, Gold Cross Ambulance, and Wisconsin State Patrol.
Two sent to local hospital in Appleton I-41 crash, no life-threatening injuries reported
THURSDAY 8/29/19 9:05 a.m.
No life-threatening injuries are being reported in the I-41 southbound multi-vehicle crash Thursday morning.
Local 5’s Calvin Lewis spoke with Wisconsin State Patrol and officials are saying the drivers involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries. However, two people were transported to a local hospital.
Wisconsin State Patrol also told Local 5 they hope to have more information, including the cause of the crash, by Thursday afternoon.
No official word on the number of vehicles involved in the crash was given at the time of this report.
Wisconsin State Patrol was assisted on scene by the Appleton Police Department.
ORIGINAL STORY: I-41 SB closed, police on scene of crash
THURSDAY 8/29/19 7:30 a.m.
Traffic on I-41 Southbound has been brought to a near halt Thursday morning following a crash at Ballard Road.
Little is known about the crash itself, which happened at around 7:30 a.m. All lanes of I-41 has been closed from 441 to Richmond Street. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the closure could last for at least two hours. Authorities are advising drivers to use alternate routes at this time.
Stick with Local 5 as we’ll bring you the latest on this incident as the information becomes available.