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OZAUKEE COUNTY, WI — Authorities in Ozaukee County say a Racine man suffered serious injuries after the pickup truck he was driving on I-43 Tuesday collided with a semi truck that had pulled onto the shoulder of the highway in reaction to an unrelated traffic accident.

The crash happened Tuesday at about 2 p.m. on I-43, just south of Pioneer Road in Mequon.

Authorities say the semi truck was driven by 61-year-old David Phelps of Polo, Illinois. He was slowing down for traffic congestion from an unrelated traffic crash, and pulled to the shoulder of the road.

At the same time, authorities say the driver of the pickup truck, 45-year-old Michael Lamberton of Racine, failed to notice the slowing traffic and was unable to stop for it. Authorities say he pulled onto the shoulder of I-43, and then hit the trailer of the semi-truck. Lamberton’s pickup truck came to rest in the east ditch.

Lamberton was transported to Froedert Hospital in Wauwatosa with serious, but not life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Ozaukee Emergency Management Hazmat Team and Mequon Fire and Rescue responded to assist.

The right lane was shut down during the incident. Authorities said Lamberton will be cited for inattentive driving.


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