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15 hurt in 38-vehicle pileup

March 6, 2010
The Daily News

KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) - Fifteen people were being treated for injuries following a multi-car pileup involving 38 vehicles near Kaukauna early Friday morning.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports that 31 cars were involved in one set of crashes while another seven collided about half a mile away.

Foggy conditions are believed to have led to the accident shortly before 8 a.m. on Highway U.S. 41 north in Outagamie County between Little Chute and Kaukauna.

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A multi-car pileup involving 38 vehicles near Kaukauna, Wis. early Friday, resulted in 15 injuries. Foggy conditions are believed to have led to the accident shortly before 8 a.m. No fatalities were reported
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ThedaCare spokeswoman M.J. Beckman said Friday that 15 people were treated, but 14 were released and only a 60-year-old man remained in serious condition by late Friday afternoon.

Gene Prellwitz, Kaukauna's assistant fire chief, said two people had to be extricated from vehicles, but both suffered only minor injuries, the Post-Crescent reported.

"Looking at what we have here, I was real surprised to see we had only minor injuries," Prellwitz said.

Similar crashes in Wisconsin have proven deadly.

In October 2002, a fiery 51-car pileup in fog on Interstate 43 in Sheboygan County claimed 10 lives, the deadliest event ever on state highways. In 1990, three people died after 50 cars crashed in fog on the Interstate 43 bridge in Green Bay.

Authorities closed U.S. 41 Friday at 8 a.m. near State 441, and kept it closed until about 2 p.m. as officers from the State Patrol and Outagamie County Sheriff's Department reconstructed the crashes.

The first set of crashes, involving 31 vehicles, occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. beginning just north of the State 55 interchange, the Post-Crescent said.

The second set of crashes, involving seven vehicles, happened about a mile south of the first pile-up.

 
 

 

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