September 1, 2014

Blowing snow causes 20 vehicle crash in Marathon County

Portions of Interstate 39 in Marathon County had to be shut down Tuesday, after blowing snow caused a chain reaction crash. About 20 vehicles were involved in the pile-up, which occurred along I-39 near Knowltown.

Police say three people were taken to a hospital following the crashes with non-life threatening injuries. The northbound lanes of I-39 were closed for several hours, but have since reopened.

The crash was one of several across the middle third of Wisconsin, after a massive winter storm blew through the region and left behind several inches of snow. The weather conditions are blamed for at least three deaths, after a car and propane truck collided in Oneida County, on Highway 51 in the town of Cassian.

Stevens Point received the most snow with 10 inches. Friendship, Eau Claire, and Mosinee picked up around nine inches. Wausau and Neillsville had around eight, and Green Bay had 7.5 inches.

In the Appleton area, planes were grounded Tuesday afternoon at the Outagamie County Regional Airport, as crews battled to keep runways open. The Central Wisconsin Airport at Mosinee had two flights canceled, and a few others were delayed.

Lesser amounts of snow fell in the northern and southern thirds of Wisconsin. The Madison and Milwaukee regions had about three to four inches.