Multiple Motor Vehicle Accidents During Sunday’s Whiteout Conditions

(Dodge County) The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office responded to 15 run-offs and four accidents between 7am and 2pm Sunday; no injuries were reported. Around noon Sunday, the sheriff’s office posted on social media that it was too unsafe for tow-trucks and they were not removing vehicles from ditches unless it was an emergency situation. On Saturday, Dodge County deputies responded to five crashes, including one rollover, and five-run-offs; no injuries reported. There were also three deer collisions reported at dusk Saturday.

(Fond du Lac County) Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 50 vehicle run-offs into the ditch or median between Saturday and Monday morning. Thirteen vehicles became stuck or were disabled in snow drifts. There were 12 property damage crashes including one with moderate injuries. One crash involved a sheriff’s department squad car. A deputy was sitting in the car at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash when the squad was struck. The deputy and the driver of the other vehicle were both injured and required ambulance transport for treatment of their injuries at St. Agnes Hospital.

(Columbia County) Deputies in Columbia County responded to ten accidents, 24 run-offs and a dozen vehicles stuck on the road between midnight Sunday and 5pm Sunday evening. Sheriff Roger Brandner says several roads are unpassable.

(Winnebago County) A massive pileup on Interstate 41 in Neenah killed one person and injured 71 during whiteout conditions Sunday. Winnebago County Sheriff’s officials say the chain reaction crash involved 131 vehicles. Sixty-six people were treated at area hospitals and released, five more were admitted for their injuries. The Red Cross supplied blankets, food and beverages to those impacted by the crash. It’s estimated more than 500 vehicles were had to be rerouted during the crash.