ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAU) - Travelers along highway 29 at Rothschild will want to avoid the eastbound lanes near the Wisconsin River bridge Wednesday morning after rush hour. Wisconsin State Patrol Sergeant Rhae Stertz says that’s because crews will have to close the eastbound lanes shortly after 9:00 a.m. to finish clearing the semi truck that crashed there Tuesday morning. “The wrecker service will be in there. There’s going to be some traffic closures, obviously, with uprighting that unit, so people are going to want to avoid that area at all cost if they can. They’re going to want to take a detour route.”
State Patrol officials say it could take hours to upright that truck and remove it from the scene.
Stertz says people driving through Rib Mountain on eastbound 29 will want to go south on Highway 51 and exit at northbound Business 51 by Cedar Creek. People traveling north on I-39 and planning on turning east towards Green Bay on 29 will want to exit at Business 51 by Cedar Creek as well. Drivers can turn back onto eastbound Highway 29 in Rothschild just past the paper mill.
The semi truck crashed at 9:02 a.m. Tuesday. Stertz says the truck was hauling dry cement, and the driver was fortunate to get out with only minor injuries. “His right front tire blew out, unknown reasons as to why the tire blew. It caused the driver to fail to maintain control. The unit flipped onto it’s side and crossed the median as well as the eastbound lanes. The unit came to a complete stop on it’s side in the south ditch.”
The male operator was treated and released at an area hospital. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.
The crash remains under investigation. Stertz says if the truck had been about 25 feet farther in the ditch, it may have barrel rolled into the Wisconsin River.