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Second body recovered in Mirror Lake after fatal interstate crash, driver identified

February 20, 2019

Officials recovered the body of a second occupant of a semi-truck Feb. 18 that crashed into Mirror Lake, and released the name of the driver in the fatal crash.

The Sauk County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team found a woman’s body at about 12:45 p.m. after they resumed the search for the passenger of a semi during the morning of Feb. 18.

The Wisconsin State Patrol said the body of the truck driver was previously recovered from the semi, which had crashed through a guard rail along Interstates 90/94 and off a cliff early in the morning Feb. 17. The driver of the semi has been identified as Timothy Green, 39, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Authorities were alerted to the damaged guardrail at about 7:30 a.m. Feb. 17 on the I-90/94 eastbound interstate bridge north of Mirror Lake in Lake Delton. According to a release from Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Henricksen, “wheel tracks followed directly off the right ditch cliff into Mirror Lake where a tractor trailer unit came to rest, completely submerged.”

Lake Delton and Sauk County Emergency Medical Services worked with the dive team to recover the occupants of the vehicle. Authorities suspended the search in the early evening hours Feb. 17 due to visibility and weather conditions.

The eastbound lanes of I-90 were closed for about six hours Feb. 17 between exits 89 and 92 to allow emergency personnel to remove the semi-truck from Mirror Lake. Crews from the state Department of Natural Resources were called to handle a related diesel spill.

A previous crash involving a semi-truck falling into Mirror Lake from the interstate occurred in January 2011. Peter G. Ramanand of Bronx, New York, was killed in the 2011 crash, while another passenger in the vehicle survived.