Jefferson County crash: 3 dead, wreck shut down WB I-94 for hours

Three people died in a crash on I-94 in Jefferson County on Wednesday, Aug. 18. I-94 westbound was closed for hours from Johnson Creek to Lake Mills. All lanes have since reopened. 

The preliminary investigation at the scene shows a vehicle pulling a cargo trailer was traveling westbound around 4 a.m. when it lost control and crashed into the guardrail. A second vehicle came upon the crash and struck the cargo trailer which was still in the roadway. A semi-truck then entered the crash scene and also struck the cargo trailer and the guardrail.

Jefferson County fatal crash on westbound I-94 near Hwy 26

Jefferson County fatal crash on westbound I-94 near Hwy 26

The Jefferson COunty Sheriff's Office tells FOX6 News the three individuals that lost their lives exited their vehicles as the crash was unfolding. One of the victims included a Good Samaritan that pulled over --and was trying to help.

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"It's heartbreaking," said Shannon Finger of Johnson Creek. "Especially when it's close, the first thing you think is this somebody I know?"

Jefferson County fatal crash on westbound I-94 near Hwy 26

Jefferson County fatal crash on westbound I-94 near Hwy 26

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Lake Mills Fire/EMS, Johnson Creek EMS, Watertown EMS, Wisconsin State Patrol, and the Jefferson County Medical examiner.

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The incident is still being investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Jefferson County fatal crash on westbound I-94 near Hwy 26

Jefferson County fatal crash on westbound I-94 near Hwy 26

The names of the deceased are being withheld until their family has been notified. 

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