Wisconsin police responded Thursday to a traffic accident on I-94 reportedly involving more than 100 vehicles.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that icy roads and poor driving conditions were a factor in the massive pileup. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation road conditions map shows that the western part of the state's roadways are largely covered with ice.
"[We] would like to report that all primary and secondary roads in our county are ice covered and slippery. We would like to remind everyone, if at all possible, for your safety please stay home and limit travel as needed," the statement read.
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Many cars had difficulty making it up the many hills and inclines along the stretch of roadway due to the ice, officials said.
The crash closed both lanes on I-94 as authorities deal with the aftermath, causing traffic delays in the area.
A 100+ vehicle crash has shut down a stretch of I-94 near Osseo and Eau Claire due to icy road conditions. Please use caution if you're driving in this area! pic.twitter.com/4xSxBRdcGn— 620wtmj (@620wtmj) December 23, 2021
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First responders found a large semi-truck engulfed in flames among other damaged vehicles at the scene, the U.S. Sun reports.
Another shocking highway collision this week in North Carolina left one police officer dead Wednesday morning after a tractor-trailer crashed into the officer's patrol car, which was blocking off the highway on Interstate 85 due to an earlier accident.