U.S. 41/45 SB reopens after massive multi-vehicle wreck Sunday

MENOMONEE FALLS (WITI) -- The scene at U.S. 41/45 near Lannon Road was cleared on Sunday, December 8th just before 5:00 p.m. This, after a massive multiple-vehicle wreck shut down the SB lanes of the freeway for much of Sunday afternoon.

There were some reports Sunday that as many as 60 vehicles were involved in this wreck. Many of those vehicles were eventually taken to the Park & Ride on Lannon Road next to Highway 41.

The snow fell in southeastern Wisconsin on Sunday and it led to the massive multiple-vehicle crash on U.S. 41/45 SB that left the freeway closed for hours.

"It was just a mess," Zachary Zander said.

"It was just bad roads," Bruce Becker said.

"The roads started getting slick, and everyone just started bouncing off each other. It was ridiculous," Zander said.

Zander was driving southbound on the freeway near Lannon Road when the pileup began.

"I was cruising and then I see cars starting to slow down up ahead of me. I'm just shifting over and then one thing just happens -- bounce, bounce, bounce, bounce, and everyone's going everywhere," Zander said.

At about the same time, Becker found himself involved in the same crash.

"Cars were traveling -- some lost control ahead of us, so we just headed for the ditch to avoid hitting them," Becker said.

Both Zander and Becker escaped without injury -- but their vehicles suffered some damage.

"It's realizing that I just totaled the car and have to replace it. But we're just very thankful to God that nobody was injured. We're fine. And cars can be replaced," Becker said.

About 25 cars were towed to the Lannon Road Park & Ride.