Columbia County deputies respond to numerous accidents
As heavy cross-winds pelted the region Sunday, various accidents throughout Columbia County resulted in some minor injuries and caused a massive vehicle pileup along a stretch of Interstate 39/90 between Lodi and DeForest.
Sheriff Roger Brandner said Columbia County deputies responded to a total of 10 crashes, 24 slide-offs and 12 reports of vehicles stuck in roadways between 12 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Brandner said a couple accidents resulted in minor neck or back injuries, but no fatalities nor critical injuries were immediately reported. Some injured people were transported to hospitals in the Madison area.
He added additional deputies had been called in to reduce authorities’ speed up response times to accidents amid reduced visibility.
Columbia County Highway Department workers and several area fire departments assisted with traffic control.
“I cannot say enough about the local wrecker services in Columbia County as they were really prompt and quick today in helping getting vehicles removed from roadways and ditches,” Brandner said.
Authorities shut down County Trunk Highway I near Arlington and East Friesland Road outside of Friesland. Some township roads were also blocked off, Brandner said.
He said he anticipates those roads will reopen Monday after highway workers can clear up the hazardous conditions such as blowing or drifting snow.
“With the daylight ending, the hazardous conditions on the roadways will continue this evening, so I recommend no traveling especially on the north/south roads,” Brandner said.