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Semis crash on I-94

Two semi trucks crashed on Interstate 94  at mile marker 120 in Jackson County near Black River Falls at around 5:08 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.

According to a press release from the Wisconsin State Patrol, the crashed occurred when a TGL Logistics Inc. semi, which was parked on the shoulder of I-94 due to engine failure, was struck in the rear by a Werner Enterprises Inc. semi.

The Werner semi, driven by Jim J. Brown, 52, of Ramsey, Minn., continued into the median and caught on fire. The driver was able to escape from the unit with non-life threatening injuries. The semi tractor was destroyed in the fire.

The TGL Logistics Inc. semi, driven by Aleksandr N. Napelenok, 28, Ramsey, Minn., sustained heavy damage to the trailer. The driver was not injured.

The collision shut down the eastbound traffic. Traffic was rerouted on State Highway 54 to U.S. 12. The interstate reopened at 8 p.m.

Assisting agencies included Black River Falls Fire, Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Jackson Couty Highway Department.

The crash remains under investigation.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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