RACINE COUNTY — A Kenosha man with a suspended license was reportedly the cause of an early morning crash Wednesday on Interstate 94 that closed the roadway in both directions for several hours, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office reported.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, at 4:27 a.m. the Racine County Communications Center received calls about a crash involving a tanker truck that was on its side after traveling over a median wall at Highway 20.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that the crash occurred when a 31-year-old Kenosha man driving a pickup truck north changed lanes and reportedly struck the tanker. The tanker swerved, crashed through the interstate’s median wall and struck a second semitrailer that was traveling south on the interstate. This second semi flipped onto its side.
The semi drivers were treated and released with minor injuries. The pickup driver suffered lacerations on his head, face and knee.
He was also issued citations for failure to maintain control of a vehicle, operating with a suspended license, non-registration of an auto and not having auto insurance.
One of the semis was reportedly transporting 45,000 gallons of non-hazardous material which needed to be offloaded before it could be uprighted, the Department of Transportation posted on Twitter.
More than four hours after the crash, some northbound lanes of I-94 reopened; however southbound I-94 remained closed until approximately 2:30 p.m. — 10 hours after the crash occurred.
The long closure of the southbound lanes caused massive traffic along the interstate throughout Racine County.
The crash caused heavy damage to all involved vehicles, as well as the median wall, the Sheriff’s Office reported.