UPDATE: Accidents causing I-94 slowdowns; Red Cedar bridge crash now cleared
Traffic accidents near Hudson and Menomonie caused temporary slowdowns for travelers Tuesday morning.
The State Patrol announced about 10:10 a.m. that I-94 east of Menomonie has been reopened following a 3:50 a.m. semi- crash that appears to have claimed two lives. One victim is still missing and presumed dead.
The truck ran off the road and into the river. One body has apparently been recovered and the wreckage has been removed.
The crash remains under investigation and more details will be posted when available.
A four-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of Mile 1 near the St. Croix River prompted call-out of Hudson fire and ambulance services about 8:30 a.m. Although at least one patient was transported to a local hospital, injuries didn't appear life-threatening, according to law enforcement radio transmissions from the scene.
Snow continued to fall in the River Falls area at slightly less than an inch per hour rate. As of 6 a.m., River Falls had received just over six inches.
Snowfall prompted closure of schools at River Falls, New Richmond, Baldwin-Woodville, Spring Valley, Ellsworth, Elmwood, Plum City, Prescott and other area districts. Hudson schools are closed for spring break this week.
The area expects to get up to 10 inches by the time the storm clears out tonight.