Updated: I-94 lanes at Mile 12 now open
Salvage and removal of a semi-truck that rear-ended another near Mile 12 on Interstate 94 east of Roberts continued Friday afternoon but was expected to be completed before afternoon commuter traffic picked up.
Emergency crews were called out about 9 a.m. after a tractor-trailer rig driven by Dauro Drazic, 35, of Greenfield, struck the rear of a unit driven by Bruce Saunders, 61, of Bonita Springs, Fla.
Drazic was transported by River Falls Area Ambulance to the Hudson Hospital for treatment of head injuries. Saunders was not injured.
Both rigs were traveling in the right lane of eastbound I-94. Trooper Bill Traynor said Saunders may have been travelling slightly below the speed limit due to reduced visibility by rain and snow, but at this time, authorities don't know why the crash happened.
The front end of Drazic's tractor was essentially destroyed by the impact, which tore away the rear doors and heavily damaged Saunders' trailer, Traynor said.
Saunders was able to pull to a safe stop on the right shoulder after the crash while the Drazic rig blocked much of the right lane.
Motor vehicle inspectors from the State Patrol were investigating the accident. The St. Croix County Sheriff's Department also helped with traffic control.
Crews from Jerry's Inc. were still on the scene clearing some debris at 1:15 p.m. but both semis and trailers had been removed.