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Truck drivers in yesterday's accident near Menomonie IDed

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

MENOMONIE - A truck driver who was killed when two semis collided during the big snowstorm in western Wisconsin was identified today as 45-year-old John Philippi of Stacy, Minnesota.

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The State Patrol said Philippi's rig collided with another, while both were heading east early yesterday on Interstate-94 near Menomonie. Investigators said one might have jack-knifed into the other. The surviving trucker, a 48-year-old man from Mattoon, Illinois, had non-life-threatening injuries. Philippi drove for Logistics Services of Eagan, Minnesota.

The National Weather Service said 12-to-17 inches of snow fell by seven o'clock this morning in the northwest quarter of Wisconsin - and another 1-to-3 inches were expected by this evening. Officials said the storm would certainly set new records for May snowfalls in Wisconsin. The biggest one-day storm was on May second of 1940, when 10.9 inches fell near Pine Run in Waushara County.

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