While Milwaukee County has remained snow free so far this October, wet roads from showers the past few days have been causing traffic woes on the interstate system.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office says they responded to at least 39 crashes between 6 a.m. Thursday and noon Friday. Another social media post placed that number at 33 in a 12 hour period starting in the early morning hours Friday.
MCSO responded to 39 crashes between yesterday at 6:00 a.m. and Noon today due to wet and slippery road conditions. We remind motorists to reduce your speed, turn on your headlights and wear your seat belts during inclement weather. Get to your destination safely!— Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (@MCSOSheriff) October 23, 2020
Traffic Advisory – Weather Related https://t.co/GIFeDKaNwG— Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office (@MCSOSheriff) October 23, 2020
At least one accident was fatal, which took place around 9 a.m. Friday. The department got word that a vehicle struck a pole in the grass at the I-41/I-894 National Avenue off-ramp.
Witnesses tell investigators the female driver appeared dazed when she walked into freeway traffic and was struck by a semi-truck.
When deputies arrived, they found the driver unresponsive with injuries to her head and legs. West Allis Fire Department responded to the scene and pronounced the driver deceased.
Northbound lanes of this stretch of the interstates were blocked for nearly three hours.
An investigation into the accident continues.