Two people are dead after dozens of cars were involved in separate pileups Sunday afternoon on I-90-39 between Highways 12/18 and Dane County Highway N.
Cars in the eastbound lanes began braking when they hit a wall of fog. A semi-truck came up behind them and began plowing into vehicles. Laurie Steeber with the State Patrol says crashes then occurred in the westbound lanes. Steeber says that resulted in a domino effect that lead to multiple other vehicle crashes, involving nearly 100 vehicles overall. Steeber says one sergeant described the area as a “war scene.”
Erik Kispert was one of those drivers. He says he was going between 65 and 75 miles per hour when he saw brake lights ahead in the fog. He tried to stop by slamming on the brakes, but says there wasn't enough time. He hit the cars ahead of him, then somebody hit him.
Dozens of people were injured in the series of crashes, which also shut down the interstate for several hours. Officials says three people have life-threatening injuries. The State Patrol says it is too early to say whether any charges or citations will be filed.
WIBA's Jason Fischer contributed to this report.