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Distracted driver causes secondary crash, admits to eating breakfast food while driving

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A distracted driver caused a secondary crash and nearly injured first responders on Monday.

Law enforcement and rescue crews responded to a single-vehicle incident on US 45 southbound just south of WIS 33 near Chestnut Street.

While responding to the initial accident, a secondary crash occurred when a driver failed to slow while approaching, rear-ended another vehicle sending that vehicle into the ditch.

The vehicle that had failed to slow then slid towards the first responders who were addressing the initial incident.

After just missing a rescue worker, the vehicle struck a vehicle belonging to a witness of the first incident. 

The DOT says that the driver of the vehicle who caused the secondary crash admitted to eating breakfast food while driving and traveling at 50 mph into the area occupied by first responders.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation issued the following statement, "This incident highlights the need for drivers to slow down and move over when approaching emergency vehicles with lights turned on. While no officers or other first responders were injured during this event, it highlights the dangers of distracted driving."

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