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1 hurt after Milwaukee DPW salt truck crashes near 114th and Mill

Updated: 1:14 p.m. on January 11, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Slick roads on Saturday morning, Jan. 11 caused a City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works truck to crash on Saturday morning, Jan. 11. The driver was taken to the hospital 

The incident happened just before 9 a.m., as the truck was traveling southbound on 114th Street, north of Mill Road. 

DPW officials say 114th is a major curving road and the slick pavement were factors in the crash. 

"This would've been especially slick as this was the first pass through for a salting," DPW said. 

The extent of the driver's injuries is unknown. 

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Updated: 9:50 a.m. on January 11, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) salt truck crashed near 114th and Mill Road on Saturday, Jan. 11. 

The Milwaukee Fire Department was called to the scene around 8:45 a.m. 

Officials report one person was injured and transported to treatment. 

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Published: 8:21 a.m. on January 11, 2020

SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- Icy conditions caused several crashes on the roadways in southeast Wisconsin Saturday morning, Jan. 11. 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports in Walworth County, all lanes of I-43 southbound closed near Lincoln Street (WIS 67) in Delavan, just before 6:30 a.m. due to a jackknifed semi and two other vehicles that went off the road. Delavan police say there were no injuries reported and the vehicles were towed from the scene. 

In Racine County, a crash on I-94 westbound near Mile Marker 334 forced the two right lanes to close just before 8 a.m. 

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office asked drivers to avoid the highways until conditions improve.

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Philip 16 days ago
Hopefully the driver fully recovers from his/her injuries. They were doing their job & if you look at the slope of Mill Road, it slopes off to either side of the road for rain drainage. This provides for a dangerous situation for the plow & salt truck operators who must go out & clear the road of snow & ice. Friday night & Saturday morning proved to be raining most of the time. I worked driving a semi from 7PM to 7AM. About 5:30 AM Saturday morning the temperature dropped low enough for the rain to finally change to freezing rain in the area. Up to that point, it didn't make any sense to send salt trucks out because the rain would have just washed the solution away. The change in temperature also came in with gustier winds which made the situation even worse. That is why when you went out to shovel on Saturday you found a slippery sheet of ice under the snow. It froze really quick between 5:30 & 6 AM. Folks come out of the house to go to work, see it's still raining instead of 6" of snow, & forgot that they were in the middle of the storm. By the time they get driving down the road, that rain is freezing to ice & they don't know it until they reach the first stop sign or red light. Silverspring & Pilgrim was a skating ring on Sat morning around 6AM. I watched in horror as cars & trucks slid through the red lights. Folks were trying to get to work & were driving 40-50 MPH when they realized they were on glare ice. Lots of fun. I also watched a salt truck do about 3 donuts before slamming into a car that had already spun out. Didn't look like nobody got hurt there. That happened on Silverspring & Executive Drive where the traffic lights for Silverspring kept changing to red, causing folks to slam on brakes & slide down the hill. We-eeeeeeeeee. Folks have to pay attention to what's going on around them. If it's 27* out & raining, it is going to be icy. It don't take a weather specialist to figure that one out. By the way, I also witnessed about 7 cars get tickets for going around cop cars that were blocking traffic on Silverspring. When you come up to a cop car blocking a road, it does not mean to just go around him & continue your journey. Funny part of that is those folks had to sit & wait for their tickets while the cops were helping the other spun out cars get going on their way. Some of those people were really pissed off about that. Oh-ooo Well. Nice move Smokey. Gives them a little time to sit & think about what they just did. Folks need to pay attention to changing weather conditions as 3-5 mins can make a big difference. Give the plow & salt trucks the room they need to get by, & never ever try & pass one on the road. Just remember, if you stay behind them, you will probably get to were ever it is you are heading. If you try & pass them, you stand a pretty good chance of an accident happening & getting hurt & the car all tore up. Prayers for the speedy recovery for the salt truck driver.
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