November 1, 2014

Three storm-related traffic deaths reported

Three people have died as a result of  accidents related to a major winter storm in Wisconsin. In Kenosha County the driver of an SUV was killed Thursday after slamming into the Amtrak Hiawatha passenger train on County Trunk A in the town of Somers.

Investigators said the train was coming from the right when the SUV driver couldn’t stop in time. Witnesses said the vehicle slid about 150 feet off the roadway, across a ditch and onto the train tracks.

The Hiawatha was traveling from Chicago to Milwaukee, with 89 passengers and 3 crew members on board, when the crash occurred. None of them was hurt, but Amtrak services were disrupted for a few hours as a direct result of the accident.

The name of the SUV driver was not immediately released. The other two storm-related deaths occurred on Wednesday night in a car-semi crash west of Janesville.

WTAQ