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Crash backs up traffic on I-94 near Woodville

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All east- and westbound lanes of I-94 just west of the Woodville exit were reopened at about 11:30 a.m. after a crash involving a semi truck and a pickup truck pulling a camper at about 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2.


According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, the 2001 Dodge pickup truck was trying to pass the semi when the pickup driver lost control. The pickup and camper hit the semi multiple times and rolled into the median.

Pickup driver Morris E. Nicholson, 68, of Amery, was taken to Regions Hospital with life-threatening injuries, and pickup passenger Lee Ann Nicholson, 64, of Amery, was taken to Baldwin Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Semi driver Dennis J. Olson, 57, of Viola, was not injured.

EMS and fire personnel from United Fire Baldwin, Woodville and Hammond all responded along wiht St. Croix County Sheriff's deputies, the Wisconsin State Patrol and Baldwin and Woodville police officers. Initial reports from the scene indicated firefighters had to extricate at least one person from the pickup. The camper was destroyed in the crash. Ambulance personnel from Baldwin transported the patients. 

While one lane remained open both eastbound and westbound during the rescue and cleanup efforts, traffic was backed up at least five miles at one point, according to an officer at the scene.

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Steve Dzubay contributed to this report.

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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