Jan 28, 2023 - Science

Snowy conditions lead to massive pileup in Wisconsin

Milwaukee during below-zero temperatures in December 2022. Photo: Alex Wroblewski for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Dozens of cars were involved in a massive pileup amid snowy conditions in southern Wisconsin, authorities said Friday.

Driving the news: At least 27 people were hospitalized, though the extent of their injuries was not yet known, per local station WIFR-TV.

  • State Patrol officials said an initial investigation indicated 85 vehicles were involved.
  • Snow, ice and whiteout conditions are believed to be a factor in the initial crash, per State Patrol.

Details: The crash occurred about 12:30pm Friday on Interstate 39/90 in Rock County, blocking traffic in both directions.

  • Southbound lanes opened just after 8pm, with all lanes reopening just before 10pm.

Zoom in: Video from WIFR-TV showed dozens of cars, as well as semitrailers, backed up as emergency workers assisted people on the road.

Zoom out: A winter weather advisory was in effect for much of southern Wisconsin on Friday afternoon, with more snow expected Saturday.

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