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RACINE COUNTY, WI — Sheriff’s officials in Racine County say that a traffic crash that shut down I-94 in Racine County and caused backups for miles was started by a blown tire, and resulted in three accidents.

Authorities received a report of an accident in the northbound lanes of I-94 at just after 5 a.m. Tuesday in the area just north of 7 Mile Road.

Callers reported a car possibly being struck by a truck and then hitting the median barrier.

Upon deputies’ arrival, a green Ford Escape was against the median wall and facing South. There was a dump truck in front of the Escape, facing North. There was a Semi and a blue Chevrolet Cobalt in the right lane. There was debris and hydraulic fluid over all three lanes, traffic investigators said.

Deputies determined the incident involved three accidents:

1) The Ford Escape was heading north when its passenger side rear tire blew out. The Ford Escape spun out and struck the median wall.

2) The Semi was in the left lane and slowed due to the Ford Escape crashing in front of it. That Semi was then struck from behind by a dump truck, which began leaking hydraulic fluid.

3) The Chevy Cobalt then drove over the hydraulic fluid, causing it to lose control and
also strike the median wall.

There were no injuries in any of the accidents. Due to the hydraulic fluid leak, I-94 Northbound was completely shut down for approximately three hours and traffic was diverted to 7 Mile Road.

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