UPDATE (WKOW) – Wisconsin State Patrol reports that 85 vehicles were involved in an accident that closed I-39/90 between Beloit and Janesville for more than eight hours.
According to State Patrol, 21 people were injured in the multi-vehicle accident.
UPDATE (WKOW) — All lanes on I-39/90 near Beloit have reopened after a major pileup earlier in the day.
The southbound lanes reopened around 8pm on Friday. About 45 minutes later, the northbound lanes reopened.
BELOIT (WKOW) — All lanes on I-39/90 are closed near Beloit due to an accident Friday afternoon, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
The accident occurred around 12:30 pm near mile marker 181 and the Wisconsin State Patrol is responding. The State Patrol told 27 News that “up to 50 cars are involved.”
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook urged drivers to avoid the area. The office said its personnel are “currently dealing with multiple multi-vehicle accidents and subsequent pileups.”
State Patrol said it believed snow, ice and whitewash conditions were a factor in the initial crash.
Officials at Beloit Memorial Hospital told the Rockford branch of 27 News that 27 patients from the accident are in their care. Injuries reported to the hospital are pain in the head, neck and shoulders. No additional information about the patient’s injuries or condition was immediately available.
The hospital said it will no longer receive patients. Medical personnel were informed that all patients had been recovered from the site.
The first patient arrived around 1:40 pm, an hour after the accident.
The stretch of I-39/90 is closed from County Road S to WIS 11 West/Avalon Road, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. It is a lock about seven miles long.
For detours, drivers traveling north should exit at exit 183, then go south to HWY BT, west to HWY G, north to HWY 11, then east back to I -39/90.
For southbound drivers, exit at HWY 11, go west to HWY G, south to HWY S, then north back to I-39/90.
State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies are assisting the cars involved, investigating the accident and working to clear the road.
Don Driscoll of Beloit Transit confirmed to 27 News that he is sending a bus to help with the accident. The Rockford branch of 27 News reports that 21 people took the bus to Beloit Memorial Hospital to ward off the cold. No one on the bus was injured in the accident.
WisDOT 511 cameras are showing severe backups.
This is a developing story that will be updated.
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